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Sunday 24 September 2017

Graduate in 'deep sleep' at car wheel had taken pills after row

Dean Barrett was banned from driving for four years
Dean Barrett was banned from driving for four years

A digital marketing graduate who was in a "very deep sleep" behind the wheel of a car in Dublin city centre had taken sedative medication after a row with his girlfriend.

Dean Barrett (26) was "sound asleep" when gardai came to investigate concerns about him. He hurled abuse at them when they roused him.

Judge Anthony Halpin banned him from driving for four years and fined him €99.

Barrett, of Dun An Oir, Caher Road, Mungret, Co Limerick, pleaded guilty to being in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.

Gda Aidan Smylie told Dublin District Court that it was reported to gardai that people had concerns about the accused's car at 3.30am on October 27 last year.

He was asleep inside it and the engine was running.

Negative

Gda Smylie said he had trouble waking the accused, who was in a "very deep sleep". He became abusive when awoken.

He was arrested and tested negative for alcohol but had benzodiazepines in his system.

Barrett had been at his girlfriend's house earlier and they had an argument, said his barrister, Alan Grace.

The accused was prescribed tablets and had been taking them on and off for some time.

He did not go anywhere and "did not move the car at all".

He was "sound asleep behind the wheel" and accepted that he became abusive to gardai.

It was "completely wrong" and he was very ashamed and unhappy at how he had conducted himself, Mr Grace said.

He added that the accused, who has no previous convictions, planned to travel to Toronto, where he was going to work in furniture removal to "get his foot on the ladder".

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