Limerick woman who hit parked car refused to give gardai a sample

Donal O'Regan

Reporter:

Donal O'Regan

Solicitor Brendan Gill

Solicitor Brendan Gill

A FEMALE motorist who hit a parked car in County Limerick later refused to give a sample to garda.

Yvonne McNamara, aged 24, of Lord Edward Street, Kilmallock, pleaded guilty to a number of traffic offences and was put off the road for four years.  

Acting Bruff Superintendent, Inspector Dermot O’Connor said McNamara collided with a parked car at Gortboy, Kilmallock, on September 22, 2017.

“She asked the driver if he was ringing the guards. He said he was and she drove off. Garda Mary Louise Armstrong found her at Sarsfield Street.

“She was arrested for drink driving and conveyed to Bruff garda station. She refused to provide a sample. She didn’t have insurance on the day,” said Insp O’Connor.

Brendan Gill, who represented McNamara, said his client has no previous convictions for road traffic matters.

“She is 24 and is a mother of three. She had a chaotic lifestyle for a number of years. She has moved back to Limerick city. She was homeless for a number of months. She has recently secured accommodation. She has an underlying medical condition. She has dealt with the matter as fairly as possible,” said Mr Gill.

Judge Marie Keane disqualified McNamara from driving for four years for refusing to provide a sample and fined her €250. The defendant was put off the road for two years and fined €200 for no insurance.

McNamara was fined €250 for careless driving and €150 for failing to remain at the scene.