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Thursday 19 October 2017

Driver was more than three times legal limit

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A father-of-four with a drink problem had relapsed when gardai caught him driving with more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in his body, a court heard.

Paul Plant (51) was banned from driving for six years when he appeared before Dublin District Court.

Plant, of Ellensborough Rise, Kiltipper, pleaded guilty to drink driving.

The court heard that Plant stopped at a garda checkpoint in Templeogue Road on March 30 at 1.10am. He provided a driving licence but failed the roadside breath test and was arrested and taken to Terenure Garda Station.

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A test there showed a reading of 79mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

The accused had one previous conviction, for drink driving, in 2011.

He was banned from driving for three years for that offence, but his disqualification had expired at the time of the latest incident.

Plant had separated from his wife as a result of alcohol issues, his barrister John Griffin said.

He had relapsed but is no longer drinking alcohol, he added.

Plant was a self-employed carpenter but is currently out of work.

Judge Fiona Lydon fined the accused €250 and said her hands were tied in relation to the length of the driving ban.

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