A motorist crashed into a pub causing €15,000 worth of damage, as there was blood in his eye from an earlier incident, Dundalk district court heard last week.
Declan McCabe (29) with an address at Lisheen Park, Knockbridge was prosecuted for careless driving arising out of the incident at the Dublin Road, Haggardstown on the ninth of July last year.
Garda Insp. Kevin Daly told the court last Wednesday that the accused was driving around 1.35am, when he crossed a white line and hit Sexton’s pub.
The court heard €15,000 worth of damage was caused but that was dealt with by the defendant’s insurance company.
The accused told gardai he had blood in his eye from an assault earlier on.
The defence solicitor said his client was coming to a T-junction when blood tricked into his eye and he missed the turn.
He added the mechanical engineering student at DKIT was in hospital for three days following the collision and had been driving his father’s car - which was written off.
Judge Michael Coghlan fined him €150 for driving without motor tax and €400 for the careless driving charge, but he added he was not going to disqualify the defendant from driving.