Brought traffic to a standstill

A Thurles man who drunkenly brought traffic to a standstill in Abbeyleix town by standing in the middle of the road stopping cars was last week convicted and fined at the district court in Portlaoise.

A Thurles man who drunkenly brought traffic to a standstill in Abbeyleix town by standing in the middle of the road stopping cars was last week convicted and fined at the district court in Portlaoise.

43-year-old William McCarthy was charged with being intoxicated in a public place, and being drunk and a danger to traffic, in Abbeyleix on May 16 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that McCarthy was standing in the middle of the road at the bottom of the town at 1am, stopping traffic. He had the traffic at a standstill, said Insp Farrelly, and when approached by gardaí McCarthy said he had been at a function in a local hotel.

“He’s absolutely ashamed of his behaviour,” said defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick. “He was at a country band and drank too much on the night.”

McCarthy was fined €200.