Drink driving incident: ‘Very lucky no one was killed’ 

Drink driving incident: ‘Very lucky no one was killed’ 
The Court heard about the dangerous drink-driving incident that started in Cork City.

SOMEONE could have been killed in a dangerous drink-driving incident that started in Cork City and went across several rural districts.

Denis Kepple of 6 Monastery Way, Fairhill, Cork, was jailed and banned from driving after the incident.

“It is very lucky no one was killed,” Judge Olann Kelleher said yesterday.

Sergeant John Kelleher said there was a report of a drink-driver at Mallow Rd after midnight on August 18, 2018.

“He drove at speed and failed to stop at stop signs and crossroads going through areas including Kilnap, Carhoo, Killeendaniel, Rathpeacon, Whitechurch, Rahanisky, and Kilcronan.

“It eventually ran out of fuel and the defendant jumped out of the driver’s seat and got into the back seat.”

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to drink-driving and three counts of dangerous driving.

Judge Kelleher said: “These are very serious charges. He was involved in three dangerous driving charges. Not alone was he driving while disqualified, but he had a very high quantity of alcohol in his blood.”

On the dangerous-driving charges, the judge imposed a total sentence of 10 months and disqualified him from driving for eight years.

Kepple pleaded with the judge not to jail him: “Any chance you can impose a suspended sentence and you will never see me again?”

The judge said he could not, but that the sentence could be appealed.

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