Judge re­fuses to re­duce road ban

Bray People - - News -

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.

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