Drunk threatened to 'flip over' garda car


A MAN who threatened to “flip over” a garda patrol car did not know his own strength when he was drunk, a court heard.

Laurence Noonan (54) hurled abuse at officers and told them he would turn over the car they were sitting in, during a drunken episode on a city street.

Judge Alan Mitchell fined him €300 and told him his behaviour had been unacceptable. Noonan, of North Circular Road, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to public drunkenness and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Aughrim Street, Dublin 7, on May 30.

Gardai were on patrol when they came across the defendant at 7.45pm.

He began to verbally abuse them, telling them to “f**k off” and threatening to “turn the car over”, a garda sergeant told the court.

Noonan was extremely intoxicated at the time.

The accused had driven articulated lorries for many years but work had dried up for him recently, his lawyer said.

He was now on disability benefit and helping to look after his mother. He had previous public order convictions.

Drink was an obvious problem for Noonan, his lawyer said, adding: “He is a brave man when he starts drinking.”

His level of intoxication had been severe, as evidenced by his threat to “flip” the car.

“He obviously doesn’t know his strength,” the judge said.

The court heard the defendant suffered from diabetes and “his nerves”.

He was sorry for what had happened.

“It is very easy to apologise in the cold light of day,” the judge said.

“But his behaviour and attitude to the gardai was unacceptable.”

The judge told Noonan that he would be able to pay the fine in instalments over the course of a year.

“Taxpayers of this country are not paying their taxes for you to go around getting drunk,” he added.