Car written off by drunk driver

A Portarlington man who wrote off a car while drunk and sustained multiple injuries was among the people charged at last week’s district court with exceeding the alcohol limit.

Gavin Foley, 52 St Joseph’s Terrace, Portarlington, committed the offence at Patrick Street, Port, on May 13 last year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Foley was involved in a single vehicle collision after losing control of his vehicle and colliding with a parked car.

Foley was subsequently found to have 229mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine.

Foley was not present in the courthouse to meet the charge, but his solicitor, Mr Declan Breen explained that Foley had been drinking in a friend’s house and had intended walking home on the date of the offence.

“I cannot say why he drove home,” admitted Mr Breen, going on to say that due to the amount of alcohol consumed Foley collided with the parked car and wrote his own vehicle off. He sustained injuries such as a broken hip and fractured pelvis, and Mr Breen said he would never again be able to work properly.

Foley was convicted and fined €300, and disqualified from driving for three years.

Also before last week’s court was John Duff, Ballyknocken, Portlaoise, who was arrested at Kilminchy Court, Portlaoise, on February 3 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Duff was discovered by gardaí sitting in his parked car with the engine running, and after being processed at the garda station he was found to have 81mg per 100ml of breath.

He had a previous conviction for drink driving.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client had attended a funeral on the day and then joined the funeral party, before he took the foolish decision to drive. Ms Fitzpatrick asked Judge Catherine Staines to postpone his driving disqualification as he was a dry stock farmer who was hoping to make silage and hay during the summer.

Judge Staines imposed a six-month sentence, suspended for two years, and disqualified him from driving for three years, postponed until September 1.

And Keith Walsh, 14 Balladine Heights, Abbeyleix, last week received two €300 fines and two disqualifications of two years, for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without insurance.

The court heard he was observed driving erratically at Balladine, and was found to have 152mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine.

He had one previous conviction for driving without insurance.




Back to the top of the page