A Portlaoise man who shouted drunken abuse at the gardaí twice on one night was last week ordered to attend a course educating him on the dangers of alcohol.
Before Portlaoise District Court was David Nevin, 35 Buttercup Avenue, Esker Hills, Portlaoise, charged with threatening or abusive behaviour, at Main Street, Portlaoise, on February 15.
Garda Sgt Martin Delaney gave evidence that he was driving down Main Street at 1.40am and as he passed Nevin standing outside a pub, Nevin began shouting abuse at the patrol car. Sgt Delaney came back around ten minutes later and again Nevin began shouting abuse at the patrol car, so Sgt Delaney stopped and directed him to the leave the scene, which he did.
Sgt Delaney said that Nevin had since apologised.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said Nevin had been out with family members and was extremely intoxicated on the night.
Judge Catherine Staines ordered Nevin to complete the Athy Alternative Project for his drinking and the matter was put back to February 5 next year.