06 Oct 2022

Judge puts drug-driver off the road

The man was arrested in Donegal at the weekend on foot of a bench warrant

Letterkenny courthouse

The man appeared at Letterkenny District Court

A Derryman caught drug-driving in Donegal has been put off the road.

The case of 29-year-old Aaron Lyons, with an address at Whitehouse Park, Buncrana Road, Derry, was before Letterkenny District Court.

Sergeant John Sweeney, of Buncrana Garda Station, gave evidence of the execution of a warrant on Lyons.

Sergeant Sweeney told the court that at 11.20pm on March 20, he arrested Lyons. After the accused was cautioned, he made no reply.

At 1.44am, while in custody at Buncrana Garda Station, Lyons was charged in relation to the offences.

Lyons was charged with possession of €40 worth of cocaine and €20 of cannabis. He was further charged with possession of €10 worth of cocaine.

Sergeant Jim Collins said the accused tested positive for drug-driving. Readings showed levels of 2.21ng/ml, where the level is 1ng, and 31.5ng/ml, where the level is 5.

Solicitor Mr Patsy Gallagher told the court that his client is a 29-year-old separated man who has been living with his mother for the past two years.

“He hopes to get his life back on the straight and narrow,” Mr Gallagher said, adding that the accused had accepted issues with alcohol and drugs.

“The vehicle he was driving was his mother’s vehicle. He has met this head-on. He was fully co-operative on the day in question. He gets affected by anniversaries at certain times of the year.”

Judge Deirdre Gearty said she was ‘a bit concerned by the drug intake’.

For the offence of drug-driving, Lyons was fined €200, given five months to pay, and disqualified from driving for one year. The possession charges were marked take into consideration by Judge Gearty.

Judge Gearty said: “They are noted as convictions. They are three in a very short space of time.”

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