Drink driver or­dered to carry out com­mu­nity ser­vice for of­fences

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

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.

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