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Thursday 8 December 2016

Man drove drunk and refused to give sample

A young man caught drink driving took a friend's car without permission
A young man caught drink driving took a friend's car without permission

A young man who was caught drink driving and refused to give a breath sample has been convicted, fined and disqualified from driving for four years.

Tom Sharpe (20) took his friend's car without permission after he and a group of friends went drinking. Balbriggan District Court heard he thought he had permission.

Sergeant Tony Tighe said gardai observed Sharpe driving a car in an erratic manner along Skerries Road and he was arrested on suspicion of drink driving. While at Balbriggan Garda Station, Sharpe refused to give a breath sample. He said Sharpe has no previous convictions.

Careless

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Sharpe accepts he didn't have permission to take his friend's car.

"He thought he did," she said, adding that he was with a group of friends who had far too much to drink.

Sharpe, of Windmill Court in Skerries, pleaded guilty to driving without insurance, careless driving, unauthorised taking of a car and refusing/failing to give a breath sample on March 22 at Selskar Road in Skerries.

Judge Patricia McNamara convicted and disqualified him from driving for four years for refusing to give a breath sample and for drink driving. He was also fined €1,000.

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