Let me preface this by saying that I regard drink driving offences are serious!
A Romanian chancer is out Paddying us by challenging his arrest for suspected drunk driving because he was not given instructions in the primary legal language of the state, Irish, a language which btw , he cannot speak!
This has led to other serious cases wrt to drunk driving been put on hold!
Personally, I hope this clown gets deported, never to be let back!
HUNDREDS of cases of alleged drink-driving have been adjourned in district courts over a legal challenge brought by a Romanian national who was not given details of a breath test in Irish.
Case records show that although Mr Avandenei had good English, an interpreter was provided.
A subsequent breath test carried out by Gda Colm McCluskey gave a reading of 52 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The drink-drive limit is 22 microgrammes.
Gda McCluskey and Mr Avandenei both signed the computer print-out.
Mr Avandenei was charged with drink-driving and released on bail.
He appeared before Dublin District Court last July, when his solicitor Michael Staines argued that he should have been given a read-out of his breath test from the intoxlyser machine in both Irish and English.
Mr Staines said the print-out submitted to the court was not a duly completed statement within the meaning of the 2010 Road Traffic Act as it was only in English.
He submitted that the rules providing for the form of such statements required them to be in English and Irish.
Therefore, he argued, the document was not a duly completed statement and not admissible in evidence.
In a submission to the High Court, Judge Gibbons said he sided with the accused in the case, but asked for a ruling from the higher court.