Damaged car and drove away

A Clonaslee man who “just panicked” and drove away after causing extensive damage to another vehicle in a drunken road accident was last week fined and disqualified from driving.

A Clonaslee man who “just panicked” and drove away after causing extensive damage to another vehicle in a drunken road accident was last week fined and disqualified from driving.

Before the district court was Anthony Blake, Barradoo, Clonaslee, charged with hit and run and exceeding the alcohol limit, at St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick, on August 17 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that gardaí responded to the scene of a traffic accident at 1.50am and discovered a car that had been extensively damaged. The other car in the accident, driven by the defendant, had left the scene, and was found parked in the nearby hospital. Blake was located, and he admitted leaving the scene.

“He said he just panicked on the night,” said Insp Farrelly.

The inspector revealed that no injuries were caused in the incident, just “extensive material damage”.

Blake was taken to the garda station, and was found to have 66mg of alcohol on his breath.

Blake had no previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Declan Breen said Blake had “a small number of drinks” and made the unwise decision to drive. There was a collision and Blake “froze in the headlights”, said Mr Breen, adding that it had been “a very silly and mean-spirited thing to do” for Blake to drive off.

Mr Breen said that Blake apologised to the injured party and all costs would be covered by his insurance company.

For drink driving, Judge Paul Kelly fined Blake €250 and disqualified him from driving for two years. On the charge of hit and run, the judge fined him €150.