Driver who has stopped drinking gets seven-year ban and fine of ¤1,000
AN ALCOHOLIC who has not taken a drink since Christmas Eve, 2007, when he was caught driving whilst drunk, was banned from driving for a period of seven years and fined ¤1,000.
Judge Murrough Connellan noted that a member of Alcoholics Anonymous had written a letter on behalf of David Dunne, 8 Raverty Villas, and was willing to forsake his anonymity to give evidence that he is no longer drinking.
‘This is the first time I have seen a letter from AA in this type of case,’ said Judge Connellan. ‘I don’t wish the author to give up their anonymity. I accept the contents of the letter.’
Dunne, who was banned from driving at the time of the offence, was also fined ¤250 for having no tax, ¤250 for having no NCT, ¤100 for having no driving licence and a three month suspended sentence for having no insurance.
The court heard that Dunne put chewing gum in his mouth after the intoxiliser was used, telling the garda that the gum had been in his mouth during the test. Judge Connellan dismissed a charge of obstruction.
The Court heard that Dunne is now in AA and used to work for a bus company but lost his job because of his drinking.
The 27-year-old man is now in Fás studying ECDL. His solicitor Conway O’Hara said that his client has felt like a different person since he stopped drinking.
‘I hope Mr. Dunne’s change in lifestyle will continue,’ remarked Judge Murrough Connellan.