A NAAS man appeared before Naas District Court last Wednesday September 25 charged with drink driving and dangerous driving.
The charges followed on from a crash that occurred on the Main Street of Naas last December 11.
Garda John Joe O’Connell told Naas District Court that he attended the scene of the accident on the day in question and that the defendant, John Abbleby whose address is listed as 102 Carragh Court, Naas was the only occupant of the car.
“He was quite incoherent and extremely drunk,” he said.
“I cautioned him and he was unable to reply. He had to be carried from the car.”
The defendant was brought to the Garda station where, Garda O’Connell concluded that “it was evident that there was no way to get a breath sample from him.”
The Garda also realised that he would also not be able to get consent from the defendant to take a blood sample.
The defendant has no previous convictions. At the time, he had lost his job and wasn’t dealing with the situation very well.
“He is 44 years of age,” his solicitor Conal Boyce told the court. “The second loss of a job had put him into a depression. He suffered insomnia and effectively took solace in a alcohol.”
Both Mr. Boyce and Garda O’Connell painted a picture of a man who had turned his life around since that night last December.
“This has served as a salutary lesson to him,” Mr. Boyce, adding that his wife was supporting him.
“I always had instructions to plead guilty at the earliest opportunity.”
Judge Desmond Zaidan fined the defendant was fined €300 and imposed the mandatory disqualification of four years.