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Carer son spared jail after being caught drink driving

A CARER begged a judge not to send him to jail saying there would be no one to care for his elderly and sick mother if he went to prison.

Brian Fitzgerald (47) said he started drinking heavily following the breakdown of his marriage, but that he's been off the drink for over five months.

Fitzgerald, of Glasmore Park, Swords, admitted drunk driving when he appeared at Swords District Court.

Judge Patrick Brady banned Fitzgerald from driving for six years and ordered him to complete 150 hours' community service in lieu of five months in prison.

Garda Niall Minnock said he was on mobile patrol around 2.30am on September 18 last when he saw a car driving erratically on the Swords Road.

Garda Minnock said he followed the vehicle and stopped it at Ennis Lane.

Fitzgerald was taken to Santry Garda Station where he provided a sample of his breath. It gave a reading of 66mgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath.

The court Fitzgerald has 12 previous convictions, including drunken and dangerous driving.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said he had a problem with alcohol but hasn't had a drink since this incident.

Ms D'Arcy asked the judge not to send Fitzgerald to prison, saying his mother is elderly and he is her primary carer. She would be on her own if he went to jail.

The judge disqualified banned him from the road for six years and ordered him to complete 150 community service in lieu of five months in prison.

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