A BORRIS-in-Ossory man convicted for the third time of drink driving has been sentenced to prison, with Judge Catherine Staines stating that the public must be protected from him.
Patrick Jordan, The Old Ridge, Knockaroo, Borris-in-Ossory, was detected with 79mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath, at Town Parks, Borris-in-Ossory, on May 19. He was disqualified from driving at the time and had no licence or insurance. He has ten previous convictions, including convictions for drink driving, driving while disqualified and having no insurance.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher admitted that his client has an appalling record. On the day, Jordan was at a funeral and Mr Meagher said that the other people in his group had been in a worse state than he was.
“The others were legless,” Mr Meagher said, “and pressure was put on him to get behind the wheel.”
Mr Meagher told Judge Staines that his client now appreciates the seriousness of the matter.
“He’s come to the realisation that drink is a huge problem for him in his life,” Mr Meagher said.
Remarking that this is Jordan’s third conviction for drink driving, Judge Staines declared: “The public have to be protected.” She imposed sentences of six months and three months, and disqualified Jordan from driving for ten years.