An Italian man who resides in Westport was convicted for drink driving at Westport District Court this week.
Luciano Fervidi with an address at 4 Crescent View, Riverslade, Galway was arrested on January 19 this year at 12.13am after he was observed driving fast on Altamount Street and was stopped by gardaí. The opinion was formed by gardaí that the defendant was intoxicated and he was arrested. The subsequent results of a urine analysis showed 201mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine.
Solicitor for the defendant, Mr James Hanley, said that Fervidi, who lived in Galway for a number of years, is now residing in Carrowholly, is in receipt of unemployment assistance and also works part time as a driver for a wholesaler, delivering produce to pubs and restaurants around Westport.
Mr Hanley explained that Fervidi drove that night after he received a call from friends to collect them at the Tesco carpark. Mr Hanley asked Judge Mary Devins not to impose the disqualification for a month, as this would give the defendant time to locate accommodation near the town and to continue his delivery work during the busy summer period.
Judge Devins convicted and fined Fervidi €600 and disqualified him from driving for the minimum mandatory period of three years; the disqualification to come into effect on September 15 2008.