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Drivers swerved to avoid dozing drunk on busy road

AN ALCOHOLIC was arrested for his own safety after he fell asleep on a busy dual carriageway and cars had to swerve to avoid his legs, a court has heard.

Michael Doran (47) received a suspended two-month sentence from Judge David McHugh.

The defendant, of Fernleigh Crescent in Carpenterstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to being drunk and a danger to traffic on the Naas Road in Clondalkin on October 12.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said Doran was lying on the ground asleep with his legs out on the road. She said traffic had to swerve to avoid him.

Sgt Callaghan said Doran was also drunk, was annoying shoppers and was verbally abusive to gardai at Palmerstown Shopping Centre on August 16.

The court heard the defendant has 103 previous convictions, which are all alcohol related.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said Doran had been sober and had stayed out of trouble in the last two years but he fell off the wagon in August.

The court heard he had a couple of drinks after a funeral and "two months later was still drinking".

The solicitor said Doran went to the funeral in August.

Judge McHugh imposed a two-month sentence but suspended it for two years.