A Castlebar man who was suspected of drink driving the night before his wedding refused to give a sample of breath, blood or urine in the early hours of his wedding day.
Mark Maughan (22) of 25, Viewpoint, Castlebar appeared before Castlebar District Court last week charged with failing to provide a sample when requested; with driving without insurance and with driving-license offences.
Sergeant Peter Hanley told the court that at 11.20pm on October 31, 2011, he was on duty at Market Square when he saw a car driving erratically. He said the car went towards Newtown. He proceeded on foot towards Main Street and, with radio assistance from the Garda Station, was able to ascertain that the car was coming down Linenhall Street.
He said he saw the car turn left off Linenhall Street onto Rush Street and stop outside a bar. He said he saw ‘two or three men’ help to pull the driver out of the car. He said he recognised the driver as Mark Maughan. Sgt Hanley said he could smell alcohol from Mr Maughan and that Mr Maughan was unsteady on his feet.
Mr Maughan was taken to Castlebar Garda Station, but he refused to go to the doctor’s room to give a sample when requested. He had no insurance on the night and failed to produce a driving license. Garda Declan Glynn gave evidence of Maughan, a provisional driver, driving without a fully licensed driver on July 21 last.
Speaking about the fact that Maughan was arrested the night before his wedding, defending solicitor James Ward quipped that he was ‘celebrating his last night of freedom’.
He went on to say that his client had learned his lesson and that he apologised to the court.
Mr Maughan was disqualified from driving for four years for failing to provide a sample, and he received a concurrent one-year disqualification for driving without insurance. He received a total of €950 in fines for the failure to provide a sample, for driving without insurance and for the two driving license charges.