Sunday 23 September 2018

Man drove drunk to chippers to collect food

A YOUNG man who was nearly two-and-a-half times over the limit and drove his car to collect food from a chipper has been convicted and disqualified from driving for two years.

Craig McCarthy (21) got into his car to collect food after he and his girlfriend were drinking at a house as the chipper had stopped delivering food.

McCarthy, of Hazelwood Avenue in Hartstown, pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Quay Street in Balbriggan on December 28 last year.

Garda Darren Tuffy said he stopped McCarthy, who gave a breath sample of 54mg/100ml breath.

The limit is 22mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.


He agreed with defence solicitor Fiona Kelly that McCarthy fully co-operated and apologised. Gda Tuffy said McCarthy has no previous convictions.

Ms Kelly said the 21-year-old father-of-one is currently completing an internship at a gym and hopes to join the Army.

"He has an ordinate level of regret and is extremely apologetic," said Ms Kelly, adding that McCarthy "stupidly" drove the car.

"He genuinely won't come before the court again," she said."

Judge Dermot Dempsey convicted and fined McCarthy €300 and postponed the disqualification until October 1.

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