Driver who has stopped drink­ing gets seven-year ban and fine of ¤1,000

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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.

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