Man who crashed car at 9am on Christmas Day was 8 times over limit
A young man "ruined his family's Christmas" when he drove his brother-in-law's car while eight-and-a-half times over the legal drink driving limit and crashed into a wall near where young children were playing, a court has heard.
Aaron Scully (21) was disqualified from driving for three years and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to a series of offences arising from the incident, which took place on Christmas morning last year.
He caused €1,560 of damage to the property of a resident in a Swords estate and has paid them compensation.
Garda Amanda King gave evidence that she responded to a call of a single vehicle collision in Pine Grove Park in Swords, north Dublin, at 8.50am on Christmas morning.
She said there was extensive damage caused to the wall and gate and she located the driver nearby.
She said the defendant was intoxicated and, when arrested, he gave a breath sample of 77mg of alcohol per 100ml.
He was charged as a specified driver, for which the limit is 9mg per 100ml of breath, as he has never held a driving licence.
The non-specified driver legal limit is 22mg per 100ml of breath.
"There were children playing with their Christmas toys nearby," said Gda King.
Scully, of Pine Grove Park, pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving without insurance, having no driving licence, and criminal damage to a wall and gate at Pine Grove Park on December 25, 2016. He has no previous convictions.
Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the defendant left the scene as he was going around the corner to get his father, who lived nearby.
"He is taking the offences very seriously and ruined his family's Christmas because of his actions," said Ms D'Arcy.
She added the defendant was "only going to the shops" and had been drinking as he was celebrating Christmas.
"He has no real explanation as to why he made a stupid mistake that has impacted on him and his family," she said.
"The stress he has brought on his family can't be stressed enough and his parents are a nervous wreck.
"He has learnt his lesson and is feeling the punishment every day."
Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed a three-year driving ban and convicted and fined him €400 for drink driving.
He further imposed 200 hours of community service work in lieu of two months in prison and disqualified him from driving for two years for having no insurance.
He also convicted and fined him €100 for having no driving licence.