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Wednesday 22 January 2020

'Only luck' prevented injuries in head-on collision

The court heard that gardai spoke to both drivers, and Loghin failed the roadside breath test. (stock photo)
The court heard that gardai spoke to both drivers, and Loghin failed the roadside breath test. (stock photo)

A drunk driver who was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle was driving home with his wife and two children, a court heard.

Gheorghita Loghin (34) had been socialising with his family and thought his wife would drive, but she had felt unwell.

Judge David McHugh fined Loghin €350 and disqualified him from driving for three years.

The defendant, of Abberley Square, Belgard Road, Tallaght, admitted drink-driving at River Road, Ashtown, last September 21 when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

A garda witness said officers were called to the scene of a two-vehicle collision. Although it was a head-on smash, there were no injuries.

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The court heard that gardai spoke to both drivers, and Loghin failed the roadside breath test.

He later provided a breath sample to gardai, which produced a reading of 81mgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath.

The court heard Loghin had no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Matthew Kenny said it was due to luck that no one was injured.

Mr Kenny said Loghin, a painter and decorator, had been out socialising with his wife and he thought she would be driving home. However, she felt unwell and he took the wheel instead.

Mr Kenny said Loghin's two children were also in the car at the time.

Banning him from driving for three years, Judge McHugh said it was "fate and fate alone" that the incident had not been more serious.

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