Over the limit due to morning-after drink

A Rosenallis man who took a drink the morning after a house party and then drove his car was one of the people convicted of drink driving at last week’s district court.

A Rosenallis man who took a drink the morning after a house party and then drove his car was one of the people convicted of drink driving at last week’s district court.

Padraig Lambert, 2 Meadowbrook, Corbally, Rosenallis, was charged with exceeding the alcohol limit at the N80 Stradbally, on July 24 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly said Lambert gave a reading of 84mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

Lambert had one previous conviction for drink driving.

Defence, Ms Elaine Dunne said her client had been at a house party the night before which had gone on to the early hours. He didn’t sleep well and had one drink the next morning, before he got a call to go and price a job. He felt fit to drive, Ms Dunne said.

Lambert was fined €400 and disqualified from driving for three years.

Also charged with drink driving was Kevin Fitzgerald, 45 Boroimhe, Blackthorn, Swords.

He was stopped by gardaí at the M7 Portlaoise, on July 13. After failing a roadside breath test he was brought to the garda station, where he was found to have 71mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said Fitzgerald had a few more drinks the morning after a family wedding.

Fitzgerald was fined €300 and disqualified from driving for three years.