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Doctor caught drink driving after his wife walked out

A DUBLIN doctor was arrested for drunken driving shortly after discovering his wife had left him.

Dr Rabinder Gill (37), with an address at Temple Road, Blackrock, has been banned from driving for four years after he admitted failing to provide a breath test after his arrest for drunken driving.

Dr Gill, who works at Tallaght Hospital, received the disqualification earlier this week at Dun Laoghaire District Court.

Garda Vincent Carroll told the court he was on duty on March 21 when he came across the defendant in a black Mercedes parked on double yellow lines at Seapoint Avenue, Blackrock at 3.50am.

The garda said Mr Gill had the windscreen wipers on at the time although it was not raining.





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On speaking to the defendant, Garda Carroll said there was a strong smell of alcohol from his breath and he arrested him on the drunken driving offence.

Dr Gill subsequently failed to provide the breath sample at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station.

Defending solicitor Mr Ken Byrne said his client, who admitted the charge, had a previous alcohol problem and was off drink for four years.

However, he had just returned from a trip to Malaysia to discover his wife had left him and he stupidly drank far too much, the court heard.

The solicitor asked Judge John O'Neill to postpone the disqualification order for three months as his client will now have to relocate closer to Tallaght.

Stating that the defendant had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, Judge O'Neill imposed a €500 fine on the defendant and postponed the disqualification order of four years until June 28.

hnews@herald.ie