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off the road Suspect drunk-driver jailed for refusing to give blood sample

Lee McDonnell (29) was swerving on the road and told investigating gardaí he had been drinking in his girlfriend's house, but would not submit to a test when taken into custody.

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A MOTORIST arrested on suspicion of drunk-driving after gardaí found several empty beer cans in the footwell of his car has been jailed for refusing to provide a blood sample.

Lee McDonnell (29) was swerving on the road and told investigating gardaí he had been drinking in his girlfriend's house, but would not submit to a test when taken into custody.

At Blanchardstown District Court, Judge Gerard Jones sentenced him to four months in prison and banned him from driving for four years.

McDonnell, of Colepark Green, Ballyfermot, admitted refusing to provide a sample at Clondalkin garda station last summer.

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Garda Dean McKenna told Judge Jones he saw the accused crossing the white line and swerving as he drove in-bound on the M7 at 1.50am last July 22.

He failed to stop for the gardaí and turned on to Boot Road, where the Kia Rio hit a kerb.

When the car came to a halt, a garda approached and got a strong smell of alcohol from McDonnell, whose speech was slurred. His eyes were bloodshot.

There were Budweiser cans in the footwell and McDonnell told gardaí he had been drinking in his girlfriend's house.

At the station, he refused to provide a sample when taken to the doctor's room.

McDonnell had 120 previous convictions.

He apologised and could not offer any excuse, defence solicitor Katie Dowling said.


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