A BALLINROBE man who may have had a ‘hair of the dog’ before crashing his car into a wall has been banned from driving.
David Walsh (40) of 4, Corrnaloch, Ballinrobe, was disqualified from driving for three years after he was found to be five times over the drink-driving limit when arrested at 12.51pm on May 15, 2016.
Inspector Gary Walsh told last week’s sitting of Castlebar District Court that gardaí received a report of a traffic accident approximately one mile outside Ballinrobe on the Kilmaine Road. The incident was witnessed by members of the public, who stated that a Volkswagen Passat driven by Mr Walsh had crashed into a wall. He was subsequently arrested for drink driving.
Mr Walsh pleaded guilty to the offence before Judge Conal Gibbons, who asked Insp Walsh if the high reading was a consequence of alcohol consumed the night before. Insp Walsh agreed that the level was high, and the defendant may have had a top-up or ‘the hair of the dog’ in the morning.
Ms Cathy McDarby, solicitor for Mr Walsh, described her client as a ‘silent drinker’, as he drank at home. She explained that he had been drinking the night before in the house and probably had more drink the morning of the accident.
She said that Mr Walsh is single with no children and works full time in Ballinrobe. As a result of the accident, she said, he has stopped driving and relies on buses to get around. She added that he told her that he does not have difficulty with alcohol.
Judge Gibbons told Mr Walsh that driving on the public highway was a privilege, and she disqualified him from driving for three years and fined him €300.