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After-work drinks end in three-year ban

October 17th, 2016 2:09 PM

By Southern Star Team

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A MOTHER of two children who went out for after-work drinks was convicted and fined €100 for drink driving and disqualified from driving for three years. 

Yvonne McCarthy, Ballymacwilliam, Clonakilty, pleaded guilty to the charge at a recent sitting of Clonakilty District Court.

The court was told that on August 20th a checkpoint was in operation in Clonakilty when gardaí stopped a car driven by the defendant. 

Garda Daly had detected a smell of alcohol from the driver and she was asked to take a breathalyzer test, which she failed. 

The defendant was arrested and taken to Bandon Garda Station where she gave two specimens of breath, containing 89mg alcohol per 100ml of breath and the court was told she co-operated fully with gardaí.

Solicitor Jim Brooks said his client had finished work on the evening in question at around 7pm and she went out for a drink and stayed out longer than expected.

Mr Brooks asked Judge McNulty if he could postpone the disqualification as his client, who has two children, lives with her mother who is 80, and they live three miles from Clonakilty.

‘This will be a massive disruption to her life if she is disqualified immediately,’ said Mr Brooks.

Supt Ger O’Mahony said gardaí had no objection to the disqualification being deferred.

Judge James McNulty convicted and fined the defendant €100 and deferred her three-year disqualification order until April 1 2017.

Yvonne McCarthy, Ballymacwilliam, Clonakilty, pleaded guilty to the charge at a recent sitting of Clonakilty District Court.

The court was told that on August 20th a checkpoint was in operation in Clonakilty when gardaí stopped a car driven by the defendant. 

Garda Daly had detected a smell of alcohol from the driver and she was asked to take a breathalyzer test, which she failed. 

The defendant was arrested and taken to Bandon Garda Station where she gave two specimens of breath, containing 89mg alcohol per 100ml of breath and the court was told she co-operated fully with gardaí.

Solicitor Jim Brooks said his client had finished work on the evening in question at around 7pm and she went out for a drink and stayed out longer than expected.

Mr Brooks asked Judge McNulty if he could postpone the disqualification as his client, who has two children, lives with her mother who is 80, and they live three miles from Clonakilty.

‘This will be a massive disruption to her life if she is disqualified immediately,’ said Mr Brooks.

Supt Ger O’Mahony said gardaí had no objection to the disqualification being deferred.

Judge James McNulty convicted and fined the defendant €100 and deferred her three-year disqualification order until April 1 2017.

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