A Navan man who told the court he drove under the influence of alcohol because he felt his friend was driving the car too fast was last week fined and disqualified.
Declan Hand, 6 Abbeylands Crescent, Navan, Co. Meath, was seen driving at Jamestown, Ballybrittas, on January 20, veering from one lane to another. When stopped by gardaí, a strong smell of alcohol was detected and his speech was slurred. He was found to have 37mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.
Hand had 11 previous convictions.
Representing himself, Hand told Judge Catherine Staines that he fell asleep in the back of the car, but when he woke up he felt his friend was driving too fast and so he took over.
“You could have killed someone,” said Judge Staines, fining him €300 and disqualifying him for one year.