Con­victed of be­ing drunk in charge

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A 53-year-old carer has been fined €75 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for two years, af­ter her con­vic­tion for be­ing drunk in charge of a car on a date last Au­gust.

Anne Breen, 42 Ard Na Sí, Lis Na Dara, Dun­dalk, had de­nied the of­fence which oc­curred in Bridge Street in the early hours of 8 Au­gust, 2017.

Garda Gretta Ka­vanagh gave ev­i­dence that at 12.40am a woman, not the ac­cused, dressed in py­ja­mas and a dress­ing gown, was bang­ing on the door of a pub, look­ing for drink.

The of­fi­cer told her to go home, and she replied she was with her friend, Anne Breen, who was sit­ting in the driver’s seat of a Toy­ota Aven­sis, parked out­side the bar.

Gda. Ka­vanagh con­tin­ued she went to this per­son to ask her to take the other woman home.

How­ever, she got a smell of drink from the de­fen­dant, her speech was slurred and her eyes glazed.

The keys were in the ig­ni­tion, though the en­gine wasn’t run­ning, the lights were on, and the dash­board was illu- mi­nated.

She also wore a seat-belt.

A breath sam­ple which showed a read­ing of 66 was sub­se­quently pro­vided.

Anne Breen gave ev­i­dence that her friend, who lived around the cor­ner, was help­ing her with an as­sign­ment on this oc­ca­sion.

‘She wanted cig­a­rettes and a bot­tle of wine. I was freez­ing cold. I wanted to sit in the car while wait­ing. The car was there from the night be­fore,’ the wit­ness con­tin­ued.

The de­fen­dant said she wanted to lis­ten to mu­sic, and only wore the seat-belt be­cause a noise came on if she didn’t.

She added she had no in­ten­tion to drive.

Judge Cough­lan con­victed Anne Breen of the charge.

So­lic­i­tor Niall Breen said his client is a sep­a­rated mother of two adult chil­dren.

She’s on a CE scheme, earn­ing €200 per-week in The Birches.

The judge made an or­der as out­lined, and set bail in the event of an ap­peal at €300 cash.

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