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Drunk taxi passenger lashed out at gardai

A TAXI passenger who fell asleep in the cab and lashed out when gardai woke him had been "astonishingly drunk" at the time, a court heard.

Thomasz Biel (30) could not give his name and had to be carried into a garda station after his arrest.

He was fined €150 and told by a judge to seek treatment for his alcohol problem when he admitted public order offences.

Biel, of The Boulevard, Belgree, Tyrellstown, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and failing to provide his name and address at Ongar Road, Dublin 15 on March 12.

Garda Barry Doyle told Blanchardstown District Court he was on traffic duty at 8.25pm when a taxi pulled up and the driver told him he was having difficulty with the accused.

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Biel was asleep in the cab and it took the garda several minutes to wake him up. When he did wake, he was "lashing out, calling names".

He refused to give any details and was taken to Blanchardstown Garda Station. Biel had three previous convictions – two for public order offences and one for drunk driving.

"He was astonishingly drunk on this occasion", defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe told the court.

"He has a very serious drink problem and he doesn't know what to do about it".

Judge David McHugh dealt with the case by way of a fine but told the accused to contact the probation service about his alcohol problem.

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