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Wheels of justice Irishman arrested in the US eight years after being caught cycling under the influence

"He was scheduled to (go) back to Ireland the following morning, and he left. He didn’t understand that there was a warrant out for him"

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An Irishman who was travelling though the US recently was arrested for an eight-year-old outstanding warrant that had been issued because he had ridden a bike “under the influence”. 

Augustine Murphy was on his way to Australia recently when he was stopped on a layover in the US on the outstanding warrant.

It dated back to July 4, 2013, when he was ticketed for biking under the influence with an open container of alcohol.

Murphy, who was in Santa Barbara working on water park rides, had been at a party on his last day in the US.

“He was scheduled to (go) back to Ireland the following morning, and he left. He didn’t understand that there was a warrant out for him,” his attorney, Ian Morse, said.

Defense counsel Morse argued for the case to be dismissed but Deputy District Attorney Justin Greene disagreed and argued that defendant should have to complete 10 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

“I felt that a fair and equitable resolution given the situation was 10 AAs for a dismissal,” DDA Greene said.

Judge Clifford Anderson III in Santa Barbara County Superior Court dismissed the charge late last week, noting it had been a long time since the ticket was issued.

“Given the length of time, I’ll go ahead and dismiss it in the interest of justice," the judge said.

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