Monday 20 January 2020

Man asleep at the wheel escapes conviction

Wexford Courthouse in Ardcavan.
Wexford Courthouse in Ardcavan.

A man found asleep at the wheel of his car less than 100 metres from his home was spared a drink drive or drunk in charge conviction.

Kieran Cronin (52), Ballycullane was discovered in the village where he resides by Garda Kevin Burke shortly after 4 a.m. early in the morning of December 16, 2014.

The District Court heard how the garda noticed a pool of vomit on the ground beside the driver’s door of the blue Citroen C 5, the engine of which was running, with the lights of the car on.

The defendant slumped in the seat and he made no response when the garda knocked, and he only woke up when the door was opened.

He was arrested and taken to New Ross garda station where his urine proved, on analysis, to have a concentration of alcohol well over the legal limit for driving.

The defendant did not contest any of the evidence and he said that he was not supposed to drink alcohol.

However, during the day before the offence, he attended the funeral of a close friend and later drank Guinness in a pub in Duncannon.

He came back to Ballycullane at around midnight but did not go home as he did not want his wife to see him after he had drink taken.

He thought where he parked was off the public road, at the entrance to the football pitch.

The judge said that the case came down to whether or not Cronin intended to drive when he was discovered by Garda Burke.

The court believed the evidenced of the defendant and the charge was dismissed.

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