Crashed into wall while drunk

A PORTLAOISE man who got drunk, took his friend’s keys and then crashed a van into a wall was last week fined and disqualified from driving for a total of four years.

A PORTLAOISE man who got drunk, took his friend’s keys and then crashed a van into a wall was last week fined and disqualified from driving for a total of four years.

Before the district court was Oisin McCormack, with an address at 6 Mell Street, Kilminchy, who was charged with the unauthorised taking of an MPV, drink driving, driving without a licence or insurance, and driving while disqualified. The offences were committed at the Deadman’s Inn, Ballyfin, on May 26 last year.

Inspector Declan Dunne gave evidence that McCormack took the keys of the vehicle and crashed it into a wall. After being arrested and brought to the garda station, analysis revealed 89mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine in his system.

McCormack has four previous convictions, including public order offences in April and October last year.

Defence, Ms Anne Manning admitted that her client had an enormous amount of drink consumed on the night, and had been drinking with the owner of the van.

“He can barely remember the event,” said Ms Manning.

Ms Manning said that McCormack had lived his life with a lot of unsupervised time and as a result, he had gone down the wrong road.

He is now clean of all drugs and substances and is trying to gain employment. Defence went on to point out that all his offending had been committed within a six-month period and a probation report indicated that McCormack had made substantial improvements.

Judge Catherine Staines noted that the probation report recommended a six-week remand to acquire a report from Coote Street in Portlaoise, to prove that McCormack is drug free. The judge imposed two fines of €300, one each for the drink driving and no insurance charge, and disqualified him from driving for four years.

The matter was put back to September 5.