Gardaí find open beer cans in car of dangerous drunk driver: 'His speech was slurred and there was a smell of alcohol from his breath'

Gardaí find open beer cans in car of dangerous drunk driver: 'His speech was slurred and there was a smell of alcohol from his breath'
The Courthouse on Anglesea Street

GARDAÍ pursued a dangerous drink driver from Cork city to Ballyvolane where he crashed into a ditch and gardaí found numerous open cans of Budweiser beer in the car.

Michael Wallace, who resides at 9 Lotamore Drive, Mayfield, was sentenced to a total of ten months in prison and banned from driving for ten years by Judge Olann Kelleher today at Cork District Court.

Judge Kelleher said it was fortunate someone was not seriously injured by the dangerous driving.

Sergeant John Kelleher described what happened.

He said that at around 2.30am on April 24, 2018, gardaí observed a silver Mazda 323 drive through a red light at North Mall and Shandon Street towards North Gate Bridge.

“This car was on the wrong side of the road and narrowly avoided a collision with the patrol car. Gardaí activated the blue lights on the patrol car and followed.

“It failed to stop and drove dangerously and recklessly on numerous occasions while trying to evade gardaím," he said.

Garda Graham McGuinness highlighted five incidents of dangerous driving as the car was driven through Blackpool, up Dublin Hill and out through White’s Cross and back into Ballyvolane before he collided with a ditch on Ballyhooley Road.

“Garda McGuinness approached the car and spoke to the driver.

“His speech was slurred and there was a smell of alcohol from his breath. There were lots of open cans of Budweiser beer inside the car,” Sgt. Kelleher said.

Wallace pleaded guilty to five counts of dangerous driving, drink driving and having no insurance or licence at the time.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said Wallace was presently serving a lengthy custodial sentence.

Today's ten months will run concurrently with that.

Mr Buttimer said Wallace was doing well in prison and attending various courses.

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