Letterkenny Courthouse

Man was drink-driving doing ‘classic tour’ of Letterkenny

March 5, 2020

A man who was detected drink driving was found with a bottle of whiskey in his car while ‘touring’ Letterkenny. 

Darren Coyle, 27, of 86 Ballina, Falcarragh, was found drink driving while driving through Main Street Letterkenny at nighttime on 2nd February 2019.

Coyle attracted the attention of patrolling gardaí when he made loud revving noises with his Lexus is200.

When he was stopped, the court heard that Garda Smith detected a smell of intoxicating liquor from his breath and observed that he had slurred speech and glazed eyes. A bottle of whiskey was seen in the console of the car.

When questioned, Coyle told Gda Smith that he had “two or three pints” at 7 or 8pm that evening.

He registered a blood/alcohol level of 56mg.

Solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court that Coyle had no previous convictions.

He said the accused had had issues with alcohol and is since “back on the straight and narrow.”

Mr Gallagher said there was no other aggravating factor in the case and Coyle was “doing the classic tour of the town, as the courts know very well.”

Judge Paul Kelly issued a fine of €350 and disqualified Coyle from driving for two years.