Repeat drunk driver avoids jail

A 22-year-old Czech national convicted of his second drink driving offence and third no insurance after being stopped in Portlaoise has been given a suspended sentence.

A 22-year-old Czech national convicted of his second drink driving offence and third no insurance after being stopped in Portlaoise has been given a suspended sentence.

Jiri Cerevak, 73 Woodgrove, Ballyfin Road, Portlaoise, was charged at the Portlaoise District Court with exceeding the alcohol limit, driving while disqualified, no insurance, and no driving licence, at the Ballyfin Road, Portlaoise, on March 23 last year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Cerevak was detected with 172mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Judge Catherine Staines noted that this was his third conviction for no insurance and his second for drink driving.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said Cerevak had been at a party on the night with friends and had not been intending to drive, however the man who owned the car was in a worse state and in their collective drunken state they made the decision for Cerevak to drive.

“He hasn’t taken a drink in six months and he hasn’t come to garda attention since,” said Mr Meagher.

On the drink driving charge, Judge Staines imposed a six-month sentence, suspended for three years, and disqualified him from driving for six years. The other charges were taken into consideration, with a six-year driving disqualification imposed for no insurance, and the same for driving while disqualified.