A former soldier who crashed into a number of parked cars after he drank while on a cocktail of strong medication, was sentenced to 240 hours community service at Drogheda District Court on Friday.At the original hearing in June, Judge Flann Brennan said he could not believe the attitude of Christopher Joyce (26) of Cherryvale, Bay Estate, Dundalk who had told the court the collision at Mountainstown Road, Dunleer on October 25th 2013, was “just a mistake”.
The defendant was charged with a series of offences arising out of the incident - including drink driving, dangerous driving and driving without insurance or a driving licence.
None of the cars he collided with were occupied, but his girlfriend who was a passenger in his, was taken to hospital. At the original hearing, the Defence barrister said his client had been in the army for five years but was discharged on health grounds after he suffered a brain haemorrhage in September 2012. He added Mr. Joyce has been left on heavy medication as a result of the surgery he underwent and foolishly decided to drink while on this cocktail of drugs.
He orded to complete 240 hours communituy service.
Referring to previous convictions outlined to the court, Judge Flann Brennan said the accused had a terrible record and noted he drove without insurance while intoxicated.
Christopher Joyce under oath said that the accident was a mistake and he had not driven since as it had scared him.
He told the court “I’m very sorry. It was a mistake that I’ve regretted ever since”.
Judge Flann Brennan said “I can’t believe what he is saying to me - I can’t believe the attitude”.
He adjourned the case so the defendant’s suitability to perform community service could be assessed and warned him that he would go to jail for six months if he was not eligible.
On Friday after he was told the accused was deemed suitable, Judge Conall Gibbons affirmed the order of 240 hours.