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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Driver was on cocaine when he crashed car

Graham Caswell (23) was fined €200 and banned from driving for four years. (stock photo)
Graham Caswell (23) was fined €200 and banned from driving for four years. (stock photo)

A driver who collided with a railing at a fast food drive-through later tested positive for cocaine, a court heard.

Graham Caswell (23) was fined €200 and banned from driving for four years.

The defendant, of Boot Road in Clondalkin, admitted before Tallaght District Court to drug-driving at McDonald's car park in Tallaght on January 16, 2017.

Garda Laura Owens said she was called to the scene shortly after midnight following reports of a traffic collision near the drive through.

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Gda Owens said Caswell, who was driving a black Seat, had collided with a railing. He provided a blood sample to gardai and it came back positive for cocaine.

Defence lawyer George Burns said Caswell, who had no previous convictions, had a diploma in business.

He claimed disability benefit as he was born without part of an arm.

Mr Burns said Caswell's behaviour on the night had been foolish and out of character. He was helping to care for his mother, the court heard.

Judge Patricia McNamara postponed the ban until October to allow Caswell to get his affairs in order.

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