Man observed driving erratically was under the influence

Gardai were alerted after it was discovered that the equipment was missing from the house where it was being stored
A HERBERTSTOWN man who was observed driving erratically by gardai while he was under the influence of alcohol has been disqualified from driving for a period of three years.

A HERBERTSTOWN man who was observed driving erratically by gardai while he was under the influence of alcohol has been disqualified from driving for a period of three years.

Joseph Gallagher, 46, of Ballinard, Herbertstown was before Kilmallock Court last Friday charged with driving or attempting to drive an MPV while exceeding the alcohol limit (breath) at Castlefarm, Hospital on May 6, 2013.

Solicitor for Gallagher, Denis Linehan told Kilmallock Court that his client was pleading guilty to the offence before the court.

The court heard that a breath sample given by Gallagher showed a reading of 93 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

Gallagher, the court heard, had no previous convictions.

Mr Linehan told the court that the detection occurred after gardai observed his client driving erratically at Castlefarm, Hospital. Mr Linehan pointed out that no accident occurred on the date in question. “Mr Gallagher, at all times, cooperated with the State,” he added.

Mr Linehan further told the court that there was an application before the court to postpone the driving disqualification, to commence from January 1 next.

“There is the prospect that Mr Gallagher might be able to find work over the next few months,” said Mr Linehan, requesting the postponement.

“He lives two and a half miles from the local shop,” he added.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly disqualified Gallagher from driving for a period of three years. Judge O’Kelly also imposed a fine of €250. The disqualification, he said, is to come into effect from January 1 next.