Bantry drink-driving case struck out

Defendant was on his way to have MRI scan

Defendant  admitted drinking gin before entering Bantry Garda station to ask how to replace his lost driving licence.

Defendant admitted drinking gin before entering Bantry Garda station to ask how to replace his lost driving licence.

Fri, Apr 25, 2014, 01:01

LOUISE ROSEINGRAVE


A charge of drink driving against a 34-year-old man who failed a breath test after drinking a gin and tonic before an MRI scan at hospital was struck out yesterday.

Eoin Twomey of Kilbrody, Mount Oval, Douglas, Cork, was pursued through Bantry town by gardaí who claimed he made an illegal U-turn before swerving and driving on the wrong side of the road at 11.20am on August 7th, 2013.

Mr Twomey was on his way to Bantry hospital for a brain scan having been hit by a sail boom on a boat in Schull, Bantry District Court heard.

He admitted drinking gin before entering Bantry Garda station to ask how to replace his lost driving licence.

Minutes later he was back at the station in handcuffs after failing a breath test having driven “erractically”.

Dismissing charges of drink diving and careless driving against Mr Twomey, Judge Con O’Leary said he could not be sure of the evidence.