Convicted of being drunk in charge
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.