Stole car and drove it drunk

A Portarlington man already serving jail time who stole a car and drove it drunk was last week given a ten-month sentence and put off the road for six years.

A Portarlington man already serving jail time who stole a car and drove it drunk was last week given a ten-month sentence and put off the road for six years.

Before last week’s district court in Portlaoise was Jason Carroll, 45 Kilmalogue Park, Portarlington, charged with the unauthorised taking of a vehicle and theft, at Kilmalogue Park, and exceeding the alcohol limit, at Bogtown, Cloneygowan, Port. All offences were committed on March 1 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that the nephew of the injured party spotted the stolen car in Bogtown at 5.30pm, and contacted the gardaí. When arrested, Carroll was clearly very intoxicated, Insp Farrelly said, and at the garda station he was found to have 70mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

It was later discovered that certain items such as tools were missing from the recovered stolen vehicle, some of which were recovered by gardaí at Carroll’s mother’s house.

The inspector revealed that there was “a distant relationship” between Carroll and the injured party.

Carroll had 32 previous convictions, including drink driving.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said Carroll was currently serving a ten-month sentence, and his lifestyle had been very chaotic at the time due to alcohol and heroin abuse.

Mr Meagher said Carroll is now clean of drugs and intends to “knuckle down” and take up employment when he is released from prison on December 27 this year.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed a ten-month sentence, backdated to May 13, and disqualified Carroll from driving for six years.