A Slovakian national with an appalling driving record has been disqualified from driving for ten years and given a suspended eight-month sentence.
Roland Klempar, 70 Sliabh Rua, Moate, Westmeath, was charged with exceeding the alcohol limit, refusing to sign an analysis statement, driving while disqualified, no NCT, no licence, and no insurance, on April 21 at Rossvale, Portlaoise.
Inspector Kieran Keyes gave evidence that Klempar was arrested for drink driving at 12.15am and brought to Portlaoise Garda Station.
An intoxilyser reading at the station revealed he had 63mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.
Klempar had 19 previous convictions, 15 of which were for road traffic offences. Among the offences were four for no insurance, and one for drink driving. He had previously received a six-year road ban in May, 2013, a four year ban in 2011, and a one year ban back in 2009.
“His appalling record speaks for itself,” admitted defence, Mr Declan Breen.
Mr Breen explained that on the night of April 21 Klempar had been in Portlaoise at his brother-in-law’s engagement party, and “during the long day of the party he had quite an amount to drink”.
Mr Breen said that despite this, the breath reading recorded against his client had been “relatively mild”.
Mr Breen said that Klempar decided to take the car out onto the road, where he simply drove out onto the main road, round a roundabout and back into the estate.
“He cannot say why he took the keys and why he did what he did,” said Mr Breen.
Judge William Early imposed two four-month sentences on Klempar, to run consecutively, and suspended both for two years on condition Klempar keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
He also imposed fines of €150 and €200, two driving disqualifications of eight years, and two driving disqualifications of ten years.