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Grave visit drink-drive teen jailed and banned

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A teenage drink-driver who was going to visit his mother's grave on his birthday when he crashed and seriously injured another motorist has been jailed for five months.

He was also given a four-year driving ban.

Philip Dunbar, of Glenshane Drive, Tallaght, was 17 at the time but is now 18.

Dunbar pleaded guilty at Dublin Children's Court to drink-driving, dangerous driving and driving without a licence or insurance in Kiltipper Road, Tallaght, on August 21 last year.

The court heard he was driving a 99D-reg car that veered on to the wrong side of the road and collided with an oncoming vehicle whose driver suffered a punctured lung.

Fractured

Dunbar suffered a fractured neck and was found to have 93mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The court heard he had four previous convictions.

All of them were for traffic offences, having no licence or insurance and failing to produce documentation. Those charges had resulted in a nine-month ban being imposed last February.

Pleading for leniency, defence counsel Amy Deane said Dunbar's mother had died of an overdose.

She said he was sorry for the injuries he inflicted.


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