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Chronic alcoholic fell out of car while taking to gardai

Nicolaj Dikov
Nicolaj Dikov

A chronic alcoholic who was caught driving while drinking a can of beer fell out of his car after he was stopped by gardai - outside a garda station.

Nicolaj Dikov (31), who was three times the legal drink- driving limit, pulled his car over near Lusk Garda Station and finished his can.

When gardai spoke to him, he tried to get out of his car but fell out, Swords District Court heard.

Gda Derek Dalton told the court that Dikov, who was a disqualified driver, had two previous drink-driving convictions. He received a two-year driving ban for the first in 2009 and a four-year ban for the second in 2012.

Dikov, of Hynestown House, Naul, Co Dublin, admitted drink-driving, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified on Dublin Road, Lusk, in June last year.

Gda Dalton said gardai received a report of a motorist drinking while driving in a nearby car park at 4.45pm.

Dikov then drove past the garda station while drinking and pulled over. He finished the beer, and while gardai were speaking to him he fell out of his car.

"He was extremely intoxicated," Gda Dalton told Judge Kathryn Hutton. "When he was put into the patrol car he fell asleep."

Dikov gave a breath sample of 66mg/100ml. The legal drink- driving limit is 22mg/100ml breath.

Gda Dalton told the court that Dikov had six previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the 31-year-old was "a chronic alcoholic" by his own admissions.

"He is not working because of his alcoholism," she said, adding that he has previously worked as a labourer and a fruit-picker.

"He is trying to get his alcoholism under control and has had treatment at Beaumont Hospital."

She said Dikov did not have access to a car any more and is "asking for one last chance".

"He wants to remain alcohol-free and has learnt his lesson," said Ms D'Arcy.

Dikov has not come to garda attention since this latest offence.

He was given a six-year driving ban and fined €750.