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Monday 10 December 2018

Drunk and uninsured driver is banned for four years and fined

Martin Toth was observed driving in a dangerous manner
Martin Toth was observed driving in a dangerous manner

A general operative who drove uninsured while three times over the legal drink- driving limit has been banned from the roads for four years.

Martin Toth (37) was stopped by gardai after they observed him driving in a dangerous manner.

When they approached the vehicle they got a smell of intoxicating liquor from him.

Officers discovered the def-endant was also driving without insurance.

He was arrested and taken to Drogheda Garda Station where he gave a breath sample of 65mg/100ml. The legal limit is 22mg/100ml of breath.

The defendant, of Merchants Quay, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty at Drogheda District Court to driving without insurance, driving while under the influence of alcohol and dangerous driving at Fr Connolly Way, Drogheda, on May 10.

He had no previous convictions.

Homeless

No evidence was heard in the case by Judge John Coughlan once the defendant entered a guilty plea.

However, mitigation was given on his behalf by barrister Ronan O'Carroll, who said the defendant was homeless at the time of the offences and was unemployed.

"He has now found work as a general operative and has found stable accommodation," said Mr O'Carroll.

Judge Coughlan imposed a two-year driving ban for the drink-driving offence and imposed a four-year ban for driving on a road without insurance.

The four-year ban is to run concurrent to the two-year ban, Judge Coughlan ordered.

He also imposed a fine of €75 for the offence of driving without insurance.

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