Charity worker in third drink-driving offence

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Kevin Patrick Daly (57) was found in a stairwell in Green Street car park after abandoning his car with the engine running on the top floor on 15 June.

He was so drunk that when police tried to arrest him he fought them, and even when handcuffed they could only restrain him with CS gas, Centenier David Letto told the court.

It was Daly’s third conviction for drink-driving and the Magistrate, Ian Le Marquand, said that he had no choice but to ban him from driving for three years.

Daly was also sentenced to 60 hours’ community service.

Advocate Julian Gollop, defending, said that Daly had spent his life serving the community and had carried out extensive work for Jersey Overseas Aid, Help an African Schoolchild and Mencap.

Centenier Letto said that Daly had been watching the England World Cup football game against Trinidad and Tobago with friends in the Bohemia Bar and had consumed around six pints of lager.

The police were called to Green Street following reports by members of the public that a car was being driven the wrong way around the car park.

When the police found the car, with the passenger door open and the keys in the ignition, they saw Daly standing outside the lift and realised that he was drunk.

The court heard that when officers tried to arrest Daly he was unco-operative and said: ‘What are you talking about? You won’t take me like this.’ Breaking free from the officer handcuffing him, he swung his arms towards him.

Worried that his colleague would be harmed, the other officer took out his CS spray and sprayed it in Daly’s face.

But Advocate Gollop said that from the time that Daly had left the bar he had ‘blacked out’ and did not remember anything else until he felt the car hitting a bollard at the bottom of Green Street.

‘He has no recollection of getting into the car and driving,’ the advocate said.

‘When he felt himself clip something in the car park, he drove back to the top to leave the car for the rest of the night.’ The advocate said that Daly suffered a black-out during his remonstration with the police and that he only remembered asking why had been arrested before he was affected by the spray and bundled into a police car.

He added that his client felt very embarrassed and ashamed by his actions, which were ‘completely out of character’.

‘He is a man who has served the community in so many ways,’ said the advocate.

‘He has spent 23 years on the Jersey Mencap Committee and has been a charity worker for many years.

This is also a man who has devoted his life to helping needy and special children in the Island.’ Sentencing Daly, Mr Le Marquand said: ‘It is always a regret to see a person with such a great record in this court, but of course you have to be sentenced, and this is the third time you have been involved in a drink-driving matter.’ Daley, a former teacher at Mont à l’Abbé School, more recently employed at Greenfields young offenders complex, has tendered his resignation.

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