Eight year ban for drink driving

A PORTLAOISE man caught drink driving who gave a false address to the gardaí when stopped has been given a suspended sentence and disqualified from driving for eight years.

A PORTLAOISE man caught drink driving who gave a false address to the gardaí when stopped has been given a suspended sentence and disqualified from driving for eight years.

Alan Jenkins, with an address at 97 Lake Drive, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, was stopped by gardaí at Dublin Road, Portlaoise, on June 25, as his car was being driven in a suspicious manner. When stopped, Jenkins initially said he lived in Dublin.

A breath sample revealed 92mg of alcohol.

The court heard that he has two previous convictions for drink driving and had previously been disqualified from driving for six years.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher admitted his client’s previous history left a lot to be desired. He said that there was an underlying drink issue and his client also suffers with anxiety, as he had lost his job a number of years ago which was causing huge stress at home.

Mr Meagher explained that a relative of Jenkins’ wife had passed away a few days before the incident and the stress at home was compounded. Jenkins had a row with his wife and she left the family home, so he had taken the car. Mr Meagher said that Jenkins had not taken a drink since the incident, which represented a big step in his life.

Judge Staines said she had a lot of sympathy for Jenkins, but he was putting lives at risk by his actions. She imposed a four-month sentence, suspended for two years, and disqualified him from driving for eight years.