Saturday 22 October 2016

Judge tells teen he is 'lucky to be alive' after walking on road

Robert Courtney, who was nearly hit by a vehicle when drunk
Robert Courtney, who was nearly hit by a vehicle when drunk

A young man who was intoxicated and walking along a road in Finglas was told he was "lucky to be alive" after a car nearly hit him.

When gardai were called to the area, Robert Courtney (19) stood in front of the patrol car and became abusive and aggressive towards officers.

He was arrested for his own safety, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

Courtney, of Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to being under the influence of alcohol and being found in a condition to be a source of danger to traffic or himself contrary to Section 59 (1) of the Road Traffic Act last March 18 at St Helena's Road in Finglas.

He further pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour on the same date.

Gda John Santry said he came across Courtney at 12.15am walking along St Helena's Road. He said the defendant was "nearly struck by a vehicle" and then stood in front of the patrol car.

"He was intoxicated, abusive and aggressive and was arrested for his own safety," said Gda Santry.

Courtney has no previous convictions.


Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said Courtney's grandmother had died but that the defendant had no reason for being very intoxicated.

Judge David McHugh remarked this is "one of the most dangerous offences".

"You appear to be a lucky man to be alive," said the judge. He convicted and fined Courtney €100.

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