Pedestrian drunk on the M1

A Belfast man found walking drunk on the M1 motorway was trying to make his way to a rehab centre in Newry, Dundalk district court heard last week.

A Belfast man found walking drunk on the M1 motorway was trying to make his way to a rehab centre in Newry, Dundalk district court heard last week.

John Sheils (40) with an address at Ladybrook Cr escent, Falls Road, Belfast told the court sitting last Thursday that he had come to Louth to see his sister. He explained his father had died four weeks earlier and he “went back on the drink”. The court was told the accused was on his way to Cuan Mhuire where he had previously been treated but could not find a bus to Newry from Carlingford.

The judge imposed €1 fine and a two year disqualification for a drink driving offence in Galway and marked the other offences taken into consideration.

Judge Clyne said: “I don’t want him on the M1 again” to which the accused replied

“No. I’ll get a taxi. Thank you Judge”.

The court then heard that the night before gardai met the defendant walking along the motorway ‘very intoxicated’.

The court was told the accused was on his way to Cuan Mhuire where he had previously been treated but could not find a bus to Newry from Carlingford.

Judge Patrick Clyne noted that there are large signs on the M1 saying no pedestrians are permitted and asked “Does he realise he’s lucky not to be out at the joint burial board six foot under?”

The defence solicitor said the accused had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was on medication which she said he should not have mixed with alcohol.

The judge imposed €1 fine and a two year disqualification for a drink driving offence in Galway and marked the other offences taken into consideration.

Judge Clyne asked the gardai to ensure the defendant was sober saying “I don’t want him on the M1 again” to which the accused replied “No. I’ll get a taxi. Thank you Judge”.