Drunk grandmother left scene of daytime Limerick road crash

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The woman pleaded guilty, at Limerick District Court, to several charges relating to an incident on May 1, 2013

The woman pleaded guilty, at Limerick District Court, to several charges relating to an incident on May 1, 2013

A GRANDMOTHER who was almost six times the legal alcohol limit when she crashed into another car in Limerick city centre has been disqualified from driving for four years.

Anne McNamara, aged 52, who has an address at Hyde Avenue, Prospect pleaded guilty, at Limerick District Court, to several charges relating to an incident on May 1, 2013.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told the defendant ‘rear ended’ another vehicle while driving at Mallow Street in the middle of the afternoon but had left the scene of the accident by the time gardai arrived.

Inspector Padraig Byrnes said the driver of the second car spoke to Ms McNamara at the scene and later informed gardai that she had detected a smell of alcohol from her breath.

Ms McNamara, who has five grandchildren, was arrested while driving at Condell Road a short time later.

She was taken to Henry Street garda station where a subsequent analysis of a blood sample showed a concentration of alcohol 296mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood – the legal limit is 50.

The defendant, who has one previous conviction for drink driving, was not insured on the day of the accident.

Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client, who has more than 30 previous convictions, has not driven since the incident and accepts she will not be driving again for some time.

She said she has had a problem with alcohol for some time and that “her instinct to survive is the only reason why she is here”.

Ms Ryan told the court Ms McNamara, who has two adult children, comes from a large family and is known to the authorities.

Judge O’Leary was told she has been arrested in the past for “her own safety” due to her level of intoxication when encountered by gardai in the Moyross area of the city.

The defendant, who did not speak during the court hearing, was fined a total of €250 and disqualified from driving for a total of four years.