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Friday 26 May 2017

Student fell asleep drunk in back of taxi

Peter Balfe (25) was arrested for public drunkenness when he stumbled out of the cab at the station. (Stock picture)
Peter Balfe (25) was arrested for public drunkenness when he stumbled out of the cab at the station. (Stock picture)

A student who fell asleep in a taxi on his way home ended up spending the night in a garda station after the driver took him there.

Peter Balfe (25) was arrested for public drunkenness when he stumbled out of the cab at the station.

Judge David McHugh struck the case out, leaving him without a conviction after he made a €50 charity donation.

Balfe, of Castleknock Road, pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

The court heard a taxi arrived at Blanchardstown Garda Station on April 27. The driver said the passenger was highly intoxicated and was asleep in the car.

Danger

Gardai spoke to Balfe, who appeared drunk. He was unsteady on his feet and stumbled out onto the road when he was asked to get out of the taxi.

The gardai believed he was a danger to himself and arrested him. He had no previous convictions.

Balfe had been out with college friends and had quite a lot to drink, which was "something unusual for him", said Margaret MacEvilly, defending.

He fell asleep in the taxi on the way home and had no recollection of what happened after that.

The defendant had spent the night in custody and Ms MacEvilly asked the judge to consider this to be sufficient punishment.

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