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Monday 23 October 2017

Widow's alcohol level was 'horrific' - judge

Siobhan Collier
Siobhan Collier

A WIDOW who was three times over the legal limit when she collided with another vehicle has been put off the road for three years.

Judge Dermot Dempsey described Siobhan Collier's level of intoxication as "horrific".

He also questioned how the 52-year-old was able to sit behind the wheel of her car such was her drunken condition.

The judge banned Collier from driving for three years, fined her €300 and imposed a three-month suspended sentence.

The defendant, of Elton Court in Leixlip, Co Kildare, admitted before Swords District Court to drink driving.

Garda Niamh Carey said Collier was involved in a material damage road traffic accident on the R132 Swords Road near Airside Retail Park shortly before 1am on January 18 last.

Gda Carey said Collier's vehicle impacted with the side of a Peugeot car.

Collier was taken to Swords Garda Station where she provided a specimen of her urine. It produced a reading of 236mgs of alcohol per 100mls of urine.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Collier is a recovering alcoholic.

She had been sober, but was made redundant shortly before this offence and fell off the wagon.

Ms D'Arcy said Collier, a widow, has three children, two of whom are studying law in college, and she was worried about providing for them.

Ms D'Arcy also said Collier hasn't taken a drink since this incident.

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