Limerick motorist who drank ‘Chinese Wine’ was more than three times legal limit

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Mei Rong Ou was prosecuted before Limerick District Court in relation to an offence which happened in December 2016

Mei Rong Ou was prosecuted before Limerick District Court in relation to an offence which happened in December 2016

A CHINESE woman who admitted driving in Limerick after drinking a bottle of “Chinese wine” has been disqualified for three years.

Mei Rong Ou, aged 47, of Cairn Lodge, Ballyclough, Castletroy was prosecuted in relation to an incident at Golf Links Road in the early hours of December 5, 2016.

Garda Alan Griffin told Limerick District Court that while on patrol he encountered the defendant who was driving erratically towards him.

He said she swerved and collided with the footpath at which point he stopped the vehicle. Ms Ou was slouched in the driver seat and he could smell alcohol on her breath. “The driver appeared to be highly intoxicated,” he said.

The defendant was arrested at 3.40am and brought to Henry Street garda station where she provided a sample of urine to a doctor which showed she was more than three times the legal alcohol limit.

Questioned by solicitor Adrian Frawley, Garda Griffin agreed there was a church near where he stopped the car.

Mr Frawley then produced an Ordnance Survey Map which, he said, shows there is no church on Golf Links Road. He put it to Garda Griffin that he had, in fact, stopped his client at Monaleen Road.

“That’s not correct. I’m 100% sure it was Golf Links Road,” he replied.

Cross-examining Garda Mags O’Brien, who was on duty at Henry Street on the night, Mr Frawley suggested she had “used a template” when preparing her statement of proposed evidence.

He noted she referred to his client as being male by using the terms “he, him or his” on 18 separate occasions in the statement.

Garda O’Brien accepted this but insisted it was a “genuine typographical error”.

In her evidence, Ms Ou claimed she had been stopped at Milford Road before later stating she had been stopped at Newport Road.

Being questioned by Inspector Ollie Kennedy she confirmed she had been drinking and had mixed red wine with Chinese wine. “I was fairly okay but I was over (the limit),” she said. “I put it to you, you were extremely intoxicated, you were very drunk,” said Insp Kennedy to which the defendant nodded.

Judge Marian O’Leary said she accepted the garda evidence that Ms Ou had been stopped at Golf Links Road and that the State had proven its case.She imposed a €500 fine abd was disqualified.