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Thursday 13 December 2018

Uninsured dad drove drunk to son's grave

Uninsured driver Deborah Rafferty (37) crashed into the back of a friend’s car but drove off before gardai arrived. (Stock photo)
Uninsured driver Deborah Rafferty (37) crashed into the back of a friend’s car but drove off before gardai arrived. (Stock photo)

A father who drank cans of alcohol and drove un- insured to his teenage son's grave has been banned from driving for four years.

Noel Reid (40) failed to give a breath specimen after a garda stopped him when he was seen slowly reversing out of a graveyard and swerving.

The defendant, of St Laurence Park, Drogheda, was found guilty before Drogheda District Court of drink-driving, failing to give a breath specimen and driving without insurance at The Twenties in Drogheda on July 24 last year.

Absence

He failed to appear in court and the case was heard in his absence.

Gda Sharon Meredith said she stopped Reid at 2.53am after she saw a car reversing out of a graveyard.

Reid admitted he had no insurance and had been drinking. He was visiting his teenage son's grave.

Gda Lisa Finglas, the breath test operator, said Reid tried to give two breath samples but was unable to provide them.

On hearing the evidence, Judge John Coughlan proceeded to convict Reid and fined him €60.

The judge fixed recognisances in the event of an appeal.

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