Case dis­missed as man had no in­ten­tion to drive home

Wexford People - - NEWS -

CAR­RIG Lyons (24) of 28 Cromwells­fort Court in Wex­ford was over the le­gal al­co­hol limit for driv­ing when he was found asleep be­hind the wheel of a Honda Civic at the Ard Alainn es­tate in Castle­bridge.

How­ever, no con­vic­tion was im­posed against him at Wex­ford Dis­trict Court af­ter he con­vinced Judge Ger­ard Haughton that he had no in­ten­tion to drive. Garda Brian De­laney re­called how he was on pa­trol at 5.30 a.m. early on a July morn­ing last year when he no­ticed the car parked in the road­way.

He found Lyons asleep with a beer bot­tle in his hand and the keys in the ig­ni­tion, prompt­ing an ar­rest and the tak­ing of a blood test which dis­closed the con­cen­tra­tion of al­co­hol in the de­fen­dant’s sys­tem.

In the wit­ness box, Lyons ex­plained that he had been at a party in Ard Alainn where he had quite a bit to drink that night.

He went to the Civic for a smoke and put the key in the ig­ni­tion in or­der to op­er­ate the win­dows but fell asleep.

He in­sisted that he had no in­ten­tion to drive home, as the plan was to stay at his mother’s home in Mill­haven, a short walk away.

‘I be­lieve the de­fen­dant,’ said Judge Haughton, dis­miss­ing the drink drive charge.

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