Driver given jail to ‘protect the public’ - judge

A Lithuanian national with previous convictions for drink driving who was caught in March driving while three times over the alcohol limit was last week sentenced to six months in prison.

Before the district court in Portlaoise was Nedas Nedzelskis, with an address at 1 Newpark House, Newpark, Portlaoise, charged with exceeding the alcohol limit, and driving without insurance, at Laurel Drive, Esker Hills, Portlaoise, on March 31.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Nedzelskis was arrested for drink driving and brought to Portlaoise Garda Station, where an intoxilyser reading revealed he had 101mg of alcohol per 100ml. When questioned, Nedzelskis admitted having no insurance.

He had two previous convictions for drink driving, the most recent being last year when he was given community service and disqualified for three years.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick admitted it was a high reading.

She said her client had been attending a celebration on the day and it had not been his intention to drive, however he suffers from asthma and took a short drive to get his inhaler.

“He has no issue with drink, unfortunately three times he was stopped by the gardaí,” said Ms Fitzpatrick.

“This is his third conviction for drink driving, the last only one year ago when he was disqualified and given community service,” remarked Judge Catherine Staines. “He drove without insurance, he drove while disqualified and he was three times over the limit - I have to protect the public.”

Judge Staines imposed a six-month prison sentence and disqualified Nedzelskis from driving for six years.

Recognisance was fixed in the event of an appeal.


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