Driver who fell into garda arms put off the road

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A LARAGH MAN who was more than five and a half times the le­gal limit was put off the road for seven years when he ap­peared be­fore Wicklow District Court re­cently.

Ti­mothy De­lamere (45), Laragh East, Laragh was charged with drunken driv­ing at Troop­er­stown, Round­wood on Au­gust 20, 2011.

Garda James O’Donoghue said at 11.15pm he stopped De­lamere af­ter notic­ing him driv­ing er­rat­i­cally. He said De­lamere's jeep had crossed the cen­tral white line twice.

His speech was slurred and had a strong smell of drink. When Garda O’Donoghue asked De­lamere to get out of the jeep he ‘fell into my arms and was un­able to stand un­aided’.

The court heard De­lamere was brought to Wicklow Garda Sta­tion and was also asked for his driv­ing li­cence and in­surance which he un­der­took to pro­duce in Round­wood Garda Sta­tion.

Garda O’Donoghue said De­lamere hadn’t pro­duced the doc­u­ments within ten days as re­quired but said he had seen doc­u­ments since.

The court heard De­lamere had a blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion of 237mg of al­co­hol per 100ml of blood.

The court heard De­lamere had two pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drunken driv­ing.

Act­ing for De­lamere Martin Dully, BL, said De­lamere was the fa­ther of two and was a stone ma­son by trade. He said De­lamere was un­der con­sid­er­able fi­nan­cial pres­sure and had ‘some dif­fi­cul­ties with al­co­hol’ and in April 2012 had spent some time in John Of God’s.

De­lamere, he said, was al­co­hol free since mid 2012.

Judge David Kennedy put him off the road for seven years and di­rected for the prepa­ra­tion of a com­mu­nity ser­vice report.

He ad­journed the case un­til March 12 to al­low for this.

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