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suspended sentence Drunk dad who stumbled into heavy traffic and shouted abuse at gardaí avoids jail

Michael Joyce was arrested for his behaviour in two separate incidents in Dublin

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A father-of-three stumbled out into heavy traffic and shouted abuse at gardaí when they found him drunk on a busy street.

Michael Joyce (35) was arrested for his behaviour in two separate incidents in Dublin.

Judge Bryan Smyth gave him a two-month suspended sentence at Dublin District Court.

Joyce, of Kilbarron Court, Coolock, pleaded guilty to public intoxication, threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and failing to comply with garda directions.

Joyce was intoxicated and being abusive to the public at Drumcondra Road at 9.35am last August 28.

He tried to escape gardaí and stumbled out in front of heavy traffic. He was highly aggressive, slurring his speech and shouting abuse.

Last December 24, gardaí were alerted to a man causing a disturbance outside Isaac's Hostel on Frenchman's Lane, Dublin 1.

Joyce became threatening, shouted abuse at gardaí and refused to leave the area.

The accused had previous convictions for public order offences.

Joyce was in receipt of social welfare, his said.

The judge suspended the two-month sentence for a year.

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