A 33 year-old Kilsaran man who was arrested after being observed doing “doughnuts” on the link road outside Ardee was breath tested and found to be over the alcohol limit. The car he was driving had been taken without the consent of his sister, Ardee Court heard.
Sean Begley unemployed of Saint Oliver’s Park, Kilsaran was also charged with driving without insurance and a driving licence, and had 19 previous convictions, including one for drink driving.
The Court was told that the defendant had a problem with alcohol which was exacerbated after the death of his father. On the afternoon on the day in question last September he fell out with his girl friend and took his sister’s car. He didn’t remember the circumstances of the incident, hissolicitor Richard McDonald said.
Judge Dunne took time to consider sentence, remarking that the defendant was facing prison with his previous convictions. He imposed a seven month suspended sentence on the defendant for the un-authorised taking charge, plus a €200 fine.
He also fined him €750 in respect of the drink driving offence and €200 for not being insured, and banned him from driving for three years and four years, respectively on each. He took into consideration the driving licence offence.