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Peter Brady was found slumped in the driver’s seat

Peter Brady was found slumped in the driver’s seat

Peter Brady was found slumped in the driver’s seat

A grandfather who was behind the wheel of a car that crashed into a wall has been banned from driving for four years for refusing to give a blood specimen.

Peter Brady (71) was found slumped in the driver's seat after the vehicle crashed at around 3.10pm.

When gardai arrived at the scene and began attending to the defendant, they found a bottle of vodka under one of the pedals, Swords District Court heard.

"A bottle of vodka was located under the pedal in the driver's side," the prosecuting garda told the court.

Gardai then noticed the defendant's speech was slurred and there was a strong smell of intoxicating liquor coming from him.

"He was highly intoxicated," the garda said.

Brady was arrested, but when he was placed in a patrol car to be taken to a local garda station he became ill.

Convictions

Gardai then took him to Beaumont Hospital, the court heard. While there, he was asked to provide a sample of his blood.

However, after numerous requests, he refused.

The defendant, of Abbeywell, Chapel Lane, Kinsealy, pleaded guilty to failing to permit a doctor to take a specimen of his blood or urine at Beaumont Hospital on August 8, 2018.

He had 10 previous convictions, dating back to 1993.

Defence solicitor Bernard Stobie said it was accepted that the defendant's previous convictions were antiquated.

Mr Stobie said Brady, who is a grandfather and on a half-pension, has not come to garda attention since this incident.

"He suffers from diabetes," Mr Stobie said.

"He also could have invoked a technical defence, but he wanted it dealt with today."

Judge Dermot Dempsey convicted and fined him €400 and banned him from driving for four years.