A Latvian national convicted of driving while being three times over the alcohol limit has been sentenced to jail.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Ilona Kotlara (38), 19 Oakleaf Place, Portlaoise, was stopped driving at Harpur’s Lane, Portlaoise, on August 7 this year.
She was found to have 103mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The accused was also disqualified from driving, and was not insured.
She had previous convictions, for driving without insurance, and failing or refusing to give a sample.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen said that his client, a Latvian national, had been at a party in a friend’s house.
Mr Breen said that his client drank far too much wine on the night, leaving her with a very fuzzy recollection of what happened.
He said that Kotlara decided she wanted to go home and so asked her friend could she borrow her car.
Judge Catherine Staines noted that the accused had been driving atthree times over the limit.
“I’m not going to wait until she kills someone before sending her to prison,” said Judge Staines.
On the drink driving charge, Judge Staines imposed four months in prison and disqualified Kotlara from driving for eight years.
The charge of no insurance was taken into consideration, and an eight-year driving disqualification imposed. Charges of careless driving and having no licence were taken into consideration.
Recognisance was fixed in the event of an appeal.