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Dean Harper (38) had met friends for dinner and drinks after he secured a position to remain on the panel in the health care sector.

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Health manager Dean Harper who overturned car on dual carriageway was four and a half times over legal limit

Health manager Dean Harper who overturned car on dual carriageway was four and a half times over legal limit

Health manager Dean Harper who overturned car on dual carriageway was four and a half times over legal limit

A MANAGER in the health sector who was found to be nearly four and a half times the legal limit driving under influence of an intoxicant after overturning his vehicle on a dual carriageway has been banned from driving for three years.

Dean Harper (38) had met friends for dinner and drinks after he secured a position to remain on the panel in the health care sector.

But, he claimed he went to sleep on the couch and the next thing he remembered was after the collision occurred, Swords District Court heard.

He had been prescribed sleeping tablets by his GP as he was stressed because of the Covid 19 pandemic and in the run up to the collision he was waiting on an interview to remain on the health care panel.

Sergeant Patricia McGarrity told the court gardai responded to a single vehicle traffic collision on the R132 at Seatown in Swords at 6am.

“A grey Toyota Corolla was overturned on the side of the road. The defendant was standing on the side of the road,” said Sgt McGarrity.

He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicated and his blood sample returned a result of 221mg/100 ml.

The legal limit for fully licenced drivers is 50 mg/100ml blood.

The defendant, of Castleview Crescent in Swords, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of an intoxicant on the R132 at Seatown, Swords on July 5, 2020.

He has no previous convictions.

Defence barrister Deirdre Flannery said the defendant has never been in trouble before and had no penalty points.

“The incident is totally out of character. He is a manager in the health sector and Covid put stress on him,” said Ms Flannery.

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“He found out he secured the position on the panel and met friends for dinner and drinks. He went to sleep on the couch and the next thing he remembers is coming to after the collision. He is relieved no-one was seriously injured,” said Ms Flannery.

Ms Flannery asked Judge Cephas Power to postpone the driving ban to allow the defendant to make alternative arrangements.

Judge Power said he is prepared to postpone the driving ban for three months on condition the defendant does not drink or take drugs in the meantime.

“It is the highest category of drink driving and I am sure he is grateful no-one was injured,” the judge said and convicted and fined him €2,500 and banned him from driving for three years, postponed for three months.

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