Driver accused of taking drugs has case dimissed
A MAN accused of driving while under the influence of drugs had his case dismissed at Bray District Court after his solicitor argued that there had been a breach in the chain of guaranteeing that the urine sample had been properly preserved.
Shane Carton, 24 Wolfe Tone Square West, told Garda Declan Scott ‘to be honest with you I done a few lines,’ the court heard.
Garda Scott also gave evidence that Carton smashed a mobile phone against the ground during his arrest in March 2007.
The court heard that the sample was sent for testing to the Medical Bureau of Road Safety. A certificate was sent back saying that the sample was free of alcohol. Garda Scott then asked for a drug test which he had initially requested.
Grainne Harrington of the bureau said that the sample, which ultimately tested positive for cocaine the court heard, would have been sent to England for confirmation of the Irish alcohol results then back again before the test for drugs took place.
Judge Murrough Connellan said that there was a breach in the chain of confirmation that the sample was kept intact before dismissing the case.