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Sunday 4 December 2016

Man lay on road so he would get lift to pub

A CHRONIC alcoholic who was drunk and lay down in the middle of the road in order for cars to stop and take him to a pub has been convicted and fined a total of €200.
A CHRONIC alcoholic who was drunk and lay down in the middle of the road in order for cars to stop and take him to a pub has been convicted and fined a total of €200.

A CHRONIC alcoholic who was drunk and lay down in the middle of the road in order for cars to stop and take him to a pub has been convicted and fined a total of €200.

Peter Rogers (62) lay across one side of the road on two successive days, forcing a number of cars to stop.

Rogers, of Mallahow, Naul, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to being intoxi- cated in a public place on May 6.

He further pleaded guilty to committing a similar offence on the following day.

Sgt Bob Kavanagh gave evidence that gardai received a call on May 6 at 8pm to say a man was lying on the main Naul to Balbriggan Road.

A number of people had been forced to stop their cars and Rogers was reported to be extremely drunk.

The following day, he did the same thing again at 2pm.

"His modus operandi is that he lies down on the road and when people stop he asks for a lift to Naul to go to the pub," said Sgt Kavanagh.

Rogers has one previous conviction for a similar offence in 2014.

Defence barrister Patrick Jackson said the 62-year-old is a chronic alcoholic and lives with his two brothers.

Judge Dermot Dempsey asked Rogers if it was the case that he "wants to destroy someone else's life by lying on the road" and presenting a danger.

"The gardai will be taking a more serious view of it in the future," he added.

He further warned Rogers that if he does it again "it won't be a Sec- tion 4 offence" the next time.

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