Banned after driving son's van

A MAN who borrowed his son's van after a dispute with another individual, was banned from driving for three years at Wexford District Court for a drink driving offence.

Patrick Murphy, Mulmintra, Taghmon pleaded guilty to a charge of drink driving and driving without insurance at Doogans, Rosslare on September 7, 2010.

Superintendent Kevin Gralton said an off-duty member saw the defendant driving towards Rosslare in a Ford Transit van. When he arrived in Rosslare, he had difficulty manoeuvring the vehicle in a car park.

He was arrested and brought to the Garda Station where he gave a urine sample which showed a concentration of 280 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of urine.

Cormac Dunleavy, solicitor said his client had a dispute with another person and was quite agitated. He took his son's van, with his consent.

He had insurance on his own vehicle and when he checked later, he wasn't covered on his son's policy and unfortunately, he wasn't covered by his own insurance either.

He said the offence arose due to the ' heat of the situation'. There were family members at a wedding and he was going to them.

Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla fined the defendant €400 and disqualified him from driving for three years on the drink driving charge and fined him €250 on the insurance charge.

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