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Monday 5 December 2016

'Recovered alcoholic' was involved in crash and refused to give a breath sample

Ciara McGlynn (40) was involved in an accident when she was arrested.
Ciara McGlynn (40) was involved in an accident when she was arrested.

A RECOVERED alcoholic who "fell off the wagon" when she received bad news and refused to give a breath sample after she was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, has been put off the road for four years.

Ciara McGlynn (40) was involved in an accident when she was arrested.

McGlynn, of Elmwood, Clonsilla, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to refusing to give a breath sample at Blanchardstown Garda Station last November 1.

The court heard that gardai were called to the scene of a crash at 9am and, after speaking with McGlynn who admitted driving the car, gardai formed the opinion she was driving under the influence of an intoxicant.

When she was taken to the garda station, she refused to give a breath sample.

McGlynn has one previous conviction from 2002 for entering a bus lane.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said McGlynn, who has three children, had received bad news the night before that a friend had died in London.

"This triggered her drinking again," said Mr Fleming, adding that McGlynn is a recovered alcoholic.

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"She is also on medication for anxiety and it all came on top of her.

"She wasn't fit for driving the next morning."

Judge David McHugh agreed that receiving bad news can trigger someone to drink again.

"She has gone this far and fell off the wagon. It is unfortunate," he said.

Mr Fleming asked Judge McHugh, when imposing the mandatory four-year disqualification for a refusal, if he would consider deferring the disqualification for six months.

"By virtue of the manner in which the defendant has met the case I am prepared to exercise my discretion and postpone the disqualification under September 30," said Judge McHugh.

He convicted McGlynn and fined her €100.

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