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nearly struck Drunken Covid tracer almost caused multiple crashes on busy dual carriageway, court told


Cormac Goodman

Cormac Goodman

Cormac Goodman

A COVID contact tracing worker caught walking along a busy Dublin dual carriageway was nearly struck a number of times by oncoming vehicles, which all had to take evasive action to avoid him, a court has heard.

Cormac Goodman (25) ran in and out between vehicles, and jumped over the central reservation a number of times on the busy Navan Road.

Judge David McHugh ordered Goodman to make a donation of €200 to Blanchardstown Hospice and said he would strike out the charges, leaving the defendant with a clean record.

The defendant, of The Paddocks, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7, admitted public drunkenness and being drunk and a danger to traffic on October 29 last year.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court gardaí received reports at around 1.20am about a man who was running in and out between vehicles, opposite Brady's garage on the Navan Road.

Sgt Callaghan said Goodman jumped over the central reservation a number of times.

He was nearly struck by a number of vehicles, which all had to take evasive action to avoid him.

Gardaí approached the defendant, who ran off toward the Travelodge.

Sgt Callaghan said Goodman was highly intoxicated and he was arrested for his own safety.

The court heard Goodman had no previous convictions.

Defence lawyer Alan Fitzgerald said that the defendant was heavily intoxicated at the time and was very embarrassed about his behaviour.

Mr Fitzgerald said the defendant had been working in contact tracing with the HSE. He was living at home with his parents and hoped to go back to college to study sport and fitness.

Judge McHugh said he would adjourn the case to a date in March to allow Goodman to save the money, adding that he did not want to see the defendant again.

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