June 8, 2023

Drink driver stopped Kilkenny city was SIX times over legal alcohol limit

Gardai continue to nab people driving under the influence of drink and drugs on Kilkenny’s roads

One driver arrested on suspicion of drink driving in Kilkenny was found to be six-times over the legal alcohol limit.

Gardai were on a routine patrol in the city on Monday afternoon when they noticed a vehicle driving erratically.

They stopped the vehicle and on questioning the driver detected a smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The driver was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and brought to Kilkenny Garda Station.

The driver was instructed to undergo a breath sample test at the station which resulted in a reading of 127mg concentration of alcohol, nearly six times the legal limit for driving.

The driver was charged and is due to appear before a sitting of Kilkenny District Court.

A local Garda spokesperson once again urged people to “never drive while under the influence of an intoxicant”.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, a driver failed a roadside drugs test after being stopped by gardai on a county Kilkenny road.

Gardai, who were on a routine patrol noticed a navy Volkswagen Golf driving erratically on Tuesday evening. The car was pulled over and the driver asked to take a roadside oral fluid test.

The test returned a positive result for traces of cannabis. The driver was arrested and brought to Kilkenny Garda Station, where a blood sample was taken.

This has been sent to the Medical Bureau of Road Safety for analysis and gardai are awaiting the results.

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