Wednesday 26 June 2019

Road-marking truck stolen by drunk builder who blacked out

Donal Tiernan was more than three times the drink limit
Donal Tiernan was more than three times the drink limit

A builder stole a road-marking truck and tried to drive it away while "blacked out" on drink, a court heard.

Workmen carrying out a late night job on a city centre street looked on in shock as Donal Tiernan (36) climbed into the truck.

One noticed he was highly intoxicated and pulled him out before calling gardai.


Judge Paula Murphy ordered a pre-sentence probation report.

Tiernan, of Carman's Hall, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to unauthorised taking of a vehicle and drink-driving.

Gda Paul O'Leary said he was called to Lower Gardiner Street at 2am on November 24, 2016.

Two workmen told him they were putting road markings down when one of them noticed somebody was in their truck.

The workman tried to get the accused out and had some difficulty doing this, the garda said.

When he eventually did get him out, he noticed Tiernan was highly intoxicated.

He was arrested and tested more than three times the alcohol limit.

He was also banned from driving at the time for another drink-driving offence.

There was "no rational explanation" for Tiernan's behaviour, his solicitor Matthew De Courcy said.

He was under the influence and "blacked out".

In a separate incident, a "disgruntled" Tiernan trashed a site foreman's car by throwing rocks at it after he was let go from a job.

The court heard it happened at a building site at Blackpitts in the south of the city on October 6, 2016.

The victim had parked his vehicle when Tiernan picked up rocks and threw them, damaging the driver's door and smashing a window.

Mr De Courcy said Tiernan had worked at the site but had been let go and reacted "very rashly".

He admitted criminal damage. The court heard the victim was claiming €2,750 in damages, including €1,400 for car hire. Mr De Courcy said the level of damage was disputed.

Tiernan had battled alcohol and cocaine addiction, but had been able to hold down jobs.

His life was in "complete disarray" at the time, but he had since come a "fair distance" in dealing with his addictions.

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