Drink driv­ing con­vic­tion and ban for well-known chef

Wexford People - - NEWS -

A WELL-KNOWN Wex­ford chef found him­self in hot water be­fore the District Court last week as he was banned from the road for drink driv­ing and driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance.

Phe­lim Byrne of Bal­ly­roe, Black­wa­ter, pleaded guilty to the charges dat­ing from an in­ci­dent at Bal­ly­canew on Au­gust 18. A charge of dan­ger­ous driv­ing was with­drawn by the pros­e­cu­tion.

The court heard that on the night in ques­tion, gar­daí came across the van driven by Byrne sway­ing onto the wrong side of the road and into on­com­ing traf­fic.

He was sub­se­quently ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of drink driv­ing and con­veyed to the garda sta­tion where he gave a read­ing of 87mg of al­co­hol per 100ml breath. Gar­daí also found that the in­sur­ance had lapsed on the van.

A so­lic­i­tor speak­ing on be­half of the well­known chef said that, in terms of the no in­sur­ance charge, the van had not been used for most of that year.

He de­scribed the drink driv­ing as ‘an er­ror of judge­ment’ on his client’s part, be­fore ask­ing that any driv­ing ban be post­poned un­til Novem­ber to al­low him to get his af­fairs in or­der.

Upon hear­ing all the ev­i­dence, Judge Ger­ard Haughton handed Byrne, who was present in court, a €500 fine and a three-year driv­ing ban on the drink driv­ing charge and a €300 fine and two-year ban on the no in­sur­ance charge.

He agreed to post­pone the ban un­til Novem­ber 1.

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