A DRINK driver has been sentenced to four months in jail and banned from driving for five years arising out of an incident where he crashed into a wall, causing another driver to brake suddenly to avoid a collision.
Defendant Keith O’Shea, of 9 Glendara Green, Grenagh, Co Cork, then drove away from the scene.
On April 23, 2018, Garda Barry O’Farrell observed a car driving on Carrigrohane Rd, having come from Inchigaggin Lane, and failing to stop. It collided with a wall on the opposite side, said Garda O’Farrell.
The evidence was that another motorist had to brake suddenly to avoid a collision.
The defendant’s car was driven away after hitting the wall.
Garda O’Farrell arrested O’Shea a short time later in Ballincollig for drink driving.
The case was in Cork District Court for sentencing today.
Michael Quinlan, the defence solicitor, turned up for the case but the defendant did not.
Judge Con O’Leary dealt with it in O’Shea’s absence and imposed the jail terms for dangerous driving, having no insurance, and drink driving.
Mr Quinlan said the background reports prepared for O’Shea for court today were favourable.
Judge O’Leary said: “I don’t understand why he is not here if the [reports submitted on his behalf] reflect reality.”
Before imposing sentence, Judge O’Leary asked Inspector Seán McCarthy if O’Shea had previous convictions for drink driving.
“He has 10 previous,” said the inspector, to which the judge replied: “Dear oh dear.”
Judge O’Leary then imposed the four-month jail term and the five-year driving ban on O’Shea.