Driver ac­cused of tak­ing drugs has case dimissed

Bray People - - Moving Parish -

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.

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