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Three-year ban for drunk driver in two crashes

A DRIVER who crashed into two walls and was found slumped over the wheel of his car by gardai was nearly three times the legal drink-drive limit.

Philip Maloney (30) told a judge that he was "disgusted" with his behaviour.

His erratic driving was spotted by an off-duty garda who followed him on the N7, and notified his garda colleagues.

Banning him from driving for three years, a judge said Maloney was lucky he crashed into walls, saying it would have been a different story if the walls had been people.

Maloney, of Foresthills, Rathcoole, admitted at Blanchardstown District Court to drunken driving on Kilteel Road, Rathcoole on January 31 last.

Sergeant Damien Galligan said gardai received a call around 1.30am from an off-duty officer who said there was a motorist driving erratically on the N7 outbound.

Sgt Galligan said Maloney turned off at the Apple Green garage, where he collided with a wall. He then drove into Rathcoole village, where he veered over the road and crashed into a second wall.

The sergeant said Maloney was found slumped over his wheel by gardai.

He was taken to Ballyfermot Garda Station where he was breathalysed.

He provided a breath specimen which gave a reading of 91 mgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath.

The court heard that Maloney had no previous convictions.


He told the court that he was "disgusted" with himself, and very sorry for his behaviour.

Judge David McHugh said Maloney's manner of driving was "appalling".

The judge said he hit two walls, and had he hit two people the consequences would have been even more serious.

He fined him €800 and banned him from driving for three years.