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Monday 5 December 2016

Drunk mum tried to jump from garda car

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Denise Kelly (22) was arrested for her own safety after it took gardai 10 minutes to wake her up when she fell asleep in the back of a taxi.

A MOTHER-of-three who got drunk at a concert in Dublin city centre tried to jump out of a patrol car as she was being taken to a garda station, a court heard.

Denise Kelly (22) was arrested for her own safety after it took gardai 10 minutes to wake her up when she fell asleep in the back of a taxi.

Judge Conal Gibbons fined her €400 at Dublin District Court.

Kelly pleaded guilty to public intoxication and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

A garda said he was on patrol at Bow Lane while a concert was taking place on the grounds of the nearby Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.

He was on duty at 6.25pm when a taxi driver reported the accused was asleep in the back of his cab.

The garda opened the door and spoke to Kelly, who was extremely intoxicated.

The two men were unable to wake her for some time but after 10 minutes they managed to and she was arrested for her own safety.

In her bag, she had a half-drunk naggin of vodka and an empty beer can that had spilled.

In the patrol car, Kelly attempted to jump out but she was wearing a seatbelt and the door was locked, the garda said.

Kelly, of Lein Road, Artane, shouted: "F*** off, you dirty p***ks" at the gardai.

While Kelly was verbally abusive on her way back to the station, she did not give the gardai any hassle thereafter, her solicitor Mairead White said.

She has twins aged three and a one-year-old baby.

The father was "not on the scene", the court heard.

The court heard her mother had been looking after the children at the time of the incident.

She had been drinking from the night before and had gone out to the concert.

Kelly accepted the garda had only been trying to help her at the time.

The charges against the defendant were under the Public Order Act.

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