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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Man drove on wrong side of road while over limit

A FARMER who pleaded not guilty to drink driving was convicted of the offence by Judge Patrick Clyne at Wexford District Court.

Michael Staples, Scar, Duncormick was charged with driving while over the alcohol limit at Drinagh on March 18, 2012.

Garda Kevin Byrne gave evidence of seeing the defendant's jeep coming out of Rocklands service station and turning right onto the Rosslare Road.

The vehicle momentarily drove on the wrong side of the road for five or six seconds, he said.

At Wexford Garda Station, the defendant gave a urine sample which on analysis showed a concentration of 215mg of alcohol per 100 ml of urine.

Eva Lalor, solicitor asked for a direction in the case, on the grounds that Dr. Stephen Bowe was not introduced to her client as a designated doctor and also that the arresting garda did not say in his evidence that he offered the defendant one of the samples, as required by law.

This was contested by the prosecution.

After hearing all the evidence, Judge Clyne said he was perfectly happy with the garda evidence.

He fined the defendant €600 and banned him from driving for three years.

He postponed the ban to December 15 and fixed recognizances in the event of an appeal.

Wexford People

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