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Saturday 21 September 2019

Drink-driver mum watched game with friends before crash

Karen Aitken was banned from driving for three years
Karen Aitken was banned from driving for three years

A motorist who crashed into another car after being out "watching a game" with friends has been banned for drink-driving.

Karen Aitken (46) was on her way to a friend's house afterwards when she collided with the other car, damaging it, a court was told.

Judge David McHugh banned her from driving for three years and fined her €200.

Aitken, of Reeves Castle, Straffan, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident happened at The Avenue, Castletown, Celbridge, Co Kildare, last June 30.

Sgt Maria Callaghan told the court in evidence that officers were called to the scene of a "material damage collision" involving two vehicles at 5.55pm.

Slurred

The accused was the driver of one of the cars, and when they spoke to her at the scene, gardai formed the opinion that she had consumed alcohol as her speech was slurred.

She failed a roadside breath test and was arrested and taken to Leixlip Garda Station.

There she provided a breath sample that was over the limit when tested.

Aitken had paid a sum of money to the other driver for the damage to their vehicle, her solicitor Valerie Buckley said in mitigation.

She was a single mother-of-two and not working, Ms Buckley added.

On the day, she had been out with friends "watching a game" and the incident happened on the way back to a friend's house.

She was very apologetic for what had happened and very nervous about the case, the solicitor said.

Nobody was injured in the collision and the accused was fully insured, she added, asking the judge for leniency.

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