28 May 2022

Longford woman found drinking can of Bulmers while at wheel of car

Longford Courthouse.

A woman who Gardaí observed drinking Bulmers while driving has been fined and disqualified from for two years.

A woman who Gardaí observed drinking Bulmers while driving has been fined and disqualified from for two years.

Danielle Courtney, 3 Fee Court Longford, appeared before Judge Bernadette Owens at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court.

Sgt Enda Daly, for the state, explained that on July 10, 2021, at 6.20am, Gardaí observed the defendant driving on the N4 and drinking from a can of Bulmers.

Gardaí followed and stopped Ms Courtney, who initially denied drinking. However, the court heard the Bulmers can was in the cup holder of the car.

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“The defendant was glassy eyed and speaking about irrelevant matters and Gardaí suspected she was intoxicated,” said Sgt Daly.

“A breath specimen was requested at the roadside and it came back as a fail. She was arrested and two more breath samples were taken at Longford Garda Station. The reading came back as 61mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Solicitor John Quinn explained that Ms Courtney was “entirely cooperative throughout” and pleaded guilty to the charge.

“She’s a lone parent to a child with special needs and I’m asking you to be lenient,” he said.

Making an allowance for the fact that Ms Courtney has no previous convictions, Judge Owens fined her €350 with four months to pay and disqualified her from driving for two years.

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