Drunken woman crashed into taxi

BANNED FOR THREE YEARS

A WOMAN whose car collided with a taxi was convicted of a drink driving charge at Wexford District Court.

Rachel Hennessy, 32 Cois Mara, Rosslare Strand was convicted of drink driving at School Street, Wexford on August 30, 2009. She was fined €400 and banned from driving for three years.

A garda witness told the court that he arrived at the scene of the accident in which the defendant's car collided with a taxi. Her car was still running and her seat belt was still on.

When he asked her to turn off the engine, she shrugged her shoulders. He then put his hand in and switched off the engine.

The gardai said that when she got out of the car, she appeared to be staggering and there was a strong smell of intoxicating liquor from her breath.

She was arrested and brought to Wexford Garda Station where she gave a blood sample which showed a concentration of 273 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.

The taxi owner Edward Hynes told the court that before the impact, he moved over as far as he could. He eventually came to a stop and the car hit him.

Solicitor Patrick Honahan for the defendant submitted that as the custody record had not been furnished to him with other documents in the case, it would be unsafe to proceed.

He also pointed out that when his client was offered her choice of two samples, the garda should have given her a pink docket and this did not happen. He contended that this was a crucial defect in the prosecution case which required strict proof.

The solicitor asked for a direction in the case but this was refused by Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla who fixed recognizances in the event of an appeal.

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