Gardaí to review drink-driving 'loophole'

Gardaí say they are reviewing a decision to strike out a drink-driving case after a checkpoint was held to be unlawful.

A Donegal driver who admitted drinking nine pints of beer before getting behind the wheel walked free from court yesterday.

His solicitor, Ciarán McLochlainn, successfully argued that the document authorising the checkpoint listed three different townlands and was therefore illegal. The Road Traffic Act requires it to clearly state only one location.

It is now feared hundreds of similar cases will be challenged and Assistant Commissioner John Twomey says they are looking into it.

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