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Monday 18 December 2017

Prison term for man who 'stupidly' drove car while intoxicated

A YOUNG man, who was disqualified from driving, but who drove his friend's car home as he felt more sober has been sentenced to four months in prison and disqualified from driving for four years.

Daniel McMahon (25) "stupidly drove his friend's car" as he felt he hadn't drank as much alcohol as that person, Swords District Court has heard.

McMahon, of Seamount Grove, in Malahide, pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to drink driving, driving while disqualified, and driving without insurance on Back Road, Malahide on December 19 last.

Sergeant Gerard Holland gave evidence that he stopped McMahon driving at 5.45am and McMahon gave a breath sample of 63mg/100ml breath at Swords Garda Station.

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McMahon, who has 34 previous convictions, including a six-year disqualification from driving from October 2014 for a dangerous driving offence, was out drinking with friends on the night.

"He felt he hadn't drank as much alcohol as his friend, who owned the car," the solicitor said, adding "he stupidly took the car to bring his friend home and drove while disqualified."

Judge Dermot Dempsey said there is no way he can not put McMahon in custody and sentenced him to four months in prison for drink driving and imposed a four-year driving ban for driving without insurance.

After Judge Dempsey imposed the conviction and fixed recognisances in the event of an appeal, McMahon lodged an appeal of the sentence.

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