An elderly woman who appeared at Longford District Court last week charged under the Road Traffic Act was disqualified from driving for four years.
Mary Murray, 4 Church View, Lanesboro, Co Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with dangerous driving and driving while under the influence of an intoxicant at Glack, Longford on August 21, 2015.
Sergeant Brennan in her summation of the evidence to the court said that she was driving into work on the date in question when she happened upon the defendant who was also driving towards Longford town.
“There was a Nissan Micra in front of me and it was swaying across the road,” she said.
“At one point the car was in the centre of the road and this happened several times.”
The court went on to hear that Sergeant Brennan followed the car to St Joseph’s Care Centre in Longford town and it was there that she eventually spoke to the driver - Mary Murray.
“I got a strong smell of alcohol from her breath and her speech was slurred,” the sergeant continued, before pointing out that the defendant was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and taken to Longford Garda Station.
“At the station Mrs Murray - who is an elderly lady - provided a urine sample but due to an error by the doctor, the sample wasn’t sealed properly.
“When she was leaving the station she hit me in the face; she was being released at that stage and then she took money out of her handbag and threw it at me.”
Sergeant Brennan went on to say that she then picked up the money - there was €100 in total - and handed it back to the defendant, but Mrs Murray proceeded to throw the money back at the sergeant again.
In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Carol Daly said her client had a can and a half of Budweiser on the date of the incident and that after her lift to St Joseph’s failed to materialise, she decided to drive to an appointment herself.
“She wasn’t driving much at the time,” added Ms Daly who then pointed out to the court that when her client came home from the garda station later that day, she threw her driving licence into the fire and vowed never to drive again.
“She is beyond apologetic for what has happened,” the solicitor continued.
“She has six children and continues to care for her 40-year-old son who has an intellectual disability.”
Following his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes disqualified the defendant for four years and fined her €250 in respect of the matter.