Drug driver jailed to protect the public

Portlaoise courthouse.
Judge Catherine Staines said she was protecting the public last week, by sentencing to prison a man convicted of dangerous driving.

Judge Catherine Staines said she was protecting the public last week, by sentencing to prison a man convicted of dangerous driving.

Damien Morley, 132 Togher Road, Togher, Cork, was also charged with drug driving, failing to stop for gardaí, and no insurance, at Kilminchy, Dublin Road, and Bloomfield Cross, Portlaoise, on May 15.

Inspector John Lawless gave evidence that Morley was in a car with two men that failed to stop for gardaí after exiting Kilminchy estate. During a pursuit, Morley drove straight through a roundabout, and overtook a number of cars on the white line. He eventually lost control of the car. He gave a false name and address to gardaí, and a sample at the garda station showed there were benazine class drugs in his system.

He has 62 previous convictions.

“How would you feel if a drunken driver killed your two children?” Judge Staines asked Morley. “This is your third conviction for drink driving, I have to protect the public.”

Morley was sentenced to ten months and disqualified from driving for 15 years. Recognisance was fixed in the event of an appeal.