Judge refuses to reduce road ban
AN Enniskerry man who failed to provide a breath sample was not granted a reduction of his driving ban when he appealed his case to Wicklow Circuit Court last week.
Romas Vitkkevicius, Grattan House, Tinnahinch, Enniskerry had been convicted of failing to provide a breath sample in the district court.
During his appeal last week Judge Gerard Griffin heard evidence from Garda Liam O’Flynn who said that on November 6, 2005 at 9.25am he saw a car driving on Bachelor’s Walk, Wicklow approaching the junction with Bridge Street.
The car was travelling at speed and went across Bridge Street towards the sea front before heading onto Strand Street Lower. There the driver of the car, Vitkkevicius, parked up and went towards the front door of a house there.
Garda O’Flynn spoke to Vitkkevicius who failed to give his name on a number of occasions. Garda Michael Kelly then arrived and Vitkkevicius gave his name but didn’t give an address.
He was brought to Wicklow Garda Station where a translator was contacted by phone. Garda O’Flynn said Vitkkevicius failed to provide a breath sample. He said Vitkkevicius would attempt to blow into the intoxilyzer but wouldn’t do it for long enough. Judge Gerard Griffin reduced his fine of €700 to €500 but affirmed the twoyear ban imposed by the District Court and endorsed his licence.