Drink driver ordered to carry out community service for offences
DRINK DRIVER Peter Kirwan (26) of Millands, Courtown Road, Gorey was prescribed community service after the District Court heard details of his offences.
Garda Ronan swan told how he was on duty shortly after midnight on February 5, 2016 when he noted a Volkswagen Bora ‘fishtailing’ along Main Street in Gorey.
He followed the VW as it bounced off a kerb on Ballytegan Road before crashing into a wall, causing substantial damage.
The accused left the scene but was later apprehended and he was unable to produce insurance.
The defendant, who has ambitions of taking up electrician apprenticeship, again came to the attention of gardaí in the early hours of May 7, 2016.
They spotted the Ford Mondeo he was driving turn right into Coach Road on the wrong side of the road and around a bend, again on the wrong side.
He was arrested and provided a urine sample which proved Kirwan was well over the legal limit for alcohol.
The prosecution accepted solicitor Maeve Breen’s suggestion that her client had not come to recent adverse attention.
Pleas of guilty were entered to charges of dangerous driving, driving without insurance and leaving the scene of the accident at Ballytegan Road.
It was also accepted that he as guilty of drink driving and dangerous driving at Coach Road.
A quotation of €1,950 for repairs to the wall was brought to court by Garda Swan.
Ms Breen said she had a cheque from Kirwan’s parents to cover the cost in full.
She also assured Judge Gerard Haughton that her client was no longer drinking to excess as he did in the past.
He had attended counselling, she asserted, which had turned his life around.
A ‘drunk in charge’ conviction dating back to 2011 was on his record, the judge was informed, along with several convictions for public order offences.
Kirwan, who attended the hearing of his case with his parents and his partner, agreed to carry out 120 hours of community service rather than face four months in prison.
The case was formally adjourned to March 14 for a community service report.