Eight year driving ban for Limerick woman

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A YOUNG woman who broke a red light, drove the wrong way around a roundabout and mounted a footpath while being pursued by gardai was disqualified from driving for eight years.

A YOUNG woman who broke a red light, drove the wrong way around a roundabout and mounted a footpath while being pursued by gardai was disqualified from driving for eight years.

Leanne Mulqueen, aged 22, with addresses at Clarina Park, Ballinacurra Weston and Ryan’s Cottages, Rosbrien also refused to supply a breath sample to garda after she was stopped and arrested.

Garda Brian Doughan, Henry Street, said he first observed the defendant at Ivan’s Cross at around 11.30pm on August 1, 2011.

He told Limerick Court she broke a red light and that he observed her driving erratically in the direction of Clonmacken Roundabout which she proceeded to drive around in the wrong direction.

Garda Doughan said Mulqueen then continued to drive at high speed in the direction of the city centre before mounting a high footpath and coming to a stop.

He said when she got out the car she was “very unsteady on her feet, her speech was slurred and her eyes were bloodshot”.

Mulqueen was taken to Henry Street garda station where she subsequently refused to give breath samples when asked to do so.

Insp Seamus Ruane, Henry Street, said Mulqueen, who has three convictions for driving without insurance, was disqualified from driving at the time of the offence.

Solicitor John Devane, representing Mulqueen, told the court his client has a problem in relation to the consumption of alcohol but he said she has “been sober” since the incident and is no longer driving.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly said Mulqueen has “very little regard for the law” and seemed to have ignored the fact that she was disqualified from driving.

“She is in contempt of a court order,” he said.

The judge disqualified the defendant from driving for a total of eight years and he imposed fines totalling €500.

He also imposed a six month prison sentence, which he suspended for 12 months on condition Mulqueen keeps the peace during that time.

“She is looking at prison, if there is any repetition,” he said.