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Man loses license after trying to help ‘damsel in distress’


A Castlebar man who risked drink driving in order to help a ‘damsel in distress’ has been disqualified from driving for two years.
Darragh Heverin (28) of John McHale House, Tucker Street, Castlebar pleaded guilty to a count of drinking at Westport District Court, sitting in Castlebar on Thursday last, after being arrested at 4.30am at Sandyhill, Westport on December 18, 2016.
Defending solicitor Karen O’Malley told the court that Mr Heverin had went to the aid of his Swedish girlfriend, who could not get a lift home from a house party in Drummin, outside Westport.
Ms O’Malley said her client rang taxis and rang friends to arrange a lift for his girlfriend, but to no avail.
In the meantime she had left the house and was trying to walk into Westport, but did not realise she was as far away from the town as she was and got lost.
“He became concerned for her safety and was trying to help a damsel in distress,” Ms O’Malley told the court.
Judge Mary Devins asked were the couple still going out. Ms O’Malley said no.
She said Mr Heverin had been watching a football match with his father and had a few drinks before going to bed when his girlfriend rang him.
Garda Paul Lafferty told the court that he pulled Heverin over after observing him driving a van on the wrong side of the road at Sandyhill.
A specimen of his breath showed a concentration of 56 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 22 micrograms.
Judge Devins convicted Heverin, fined him €300 and disqualified him from driving for the minimum mandatory period of two years.


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