Drunk dragged gardai 30 yards as he drove off
A MAN who dragged two gardai for 30 yards with his car after failing a roadside breath test has been given a six-month suspended sentence.
Harry Gartland (57), with an address at Rowan Heights, Marley's Lane, Drogheda, appeared before Drogheda District Court.
The defendant was stopped by gardai on the Rathmullen Road in the town last August.
The court was told that Garda Michael Giblin stopped Gartland in his vehicle and after speaking to him, he formed the opinion the defendant was under the influence of an intoxicant. Garda Giblin said he informed Gartland of this but as he did so the defendant put his car into gear and tried to drive off.
Garda Giblin said he and his colleague attempted to stop the defendant by putting their hands through the open window but were then dragged along for 30 yards by the defendant's car.
Gartland wanted to say sorry to the gardai for his actions, his solicitor Finian Branigan told the court.
He said Gartland had had a rather chequered history and had spent a number of weeks in St Brigid's in Ardee, a mental health facility, last year.
Mr Branigan said his client could not remember much of what happened on the night in question but he accepted what the garda had said.
Judge Flann Brennan sentenced the defendant to six months in prison but suspended it for one year.
He disqualified Gartland from driving for four years.