Drunk in stolen car 'had no grasp of the situation'
A passenger in a stolen car was so drunk he had "no grasp of the gravity of what he was involved in", a court heard.
Dylan Fogarty (21) got into the car after drinking in a field with "associates".
Judge David McHugh fined him €200 when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.
Fogarty, with an address at Moorfield Drive, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to unauthorised carriage in a woman's car at Parkwest Avenue, Ballyfermot.
The court heard gardai were on patrol on July 17 last year.
They pursued a vehicle which crashed, and the front seat passenger, Fogarty, fled the scene.
He was followed by gardai and arrested.
Fogarty was taken to Blanchardstown Garda Station where he was charged and cautioned.
The car had been taken in the course of a burglary in Co Carlow, the court was told.
"It doesn't sound particularly good," Judge David McHugh said of the facts of the case.
The accused had previous convictions for drug possession, his lawyer said.
He had a long-standing addiction to alcohol and "certain tablets".
Judge McHugh asked the defendant's lawyer what part Fogarty played in the incident.
The accused had been "out for some period of time drinking with associates in a field" on the night in question, the lawyer said.
"He left the field and a car had been taken over by a friend. He sat into the passenger seat of the car. He was so intoxicated he had no real grasp of the gravity of what he was involved in," he said.
Fogarty's father was in court and said he was now back "on the straight and narrow".
"He barely leaves the house without the company of a family member," the defendant's lawyer added.
"There has been a change in his behaviour that would tend to show that he is not travelling on the path he had stepped on to," his lawyer added.
Judge McHugh said he would accept the mitigation offered "at its highest point", given that Fogarty had not been involved in taking the car.
The accused did not address the court during the hearing.