A 24-year-old Tralee man called an ambulance to the Square in Listowel town centre so he and his drunken friend could get a lift back home, Listowel District Court was told.
Patrick McInerney, with an address at Ballyrickard, Tralee, pleaded guilty to two charges under the Public Order Act of abusive behaviour and failing to comply with a garda on April 21 last.
However his legal representative, barrister Richard Liston disputed that the call — made shortly before midnight on April 21 last — was for a lift home.
Supt Dan Keane outlined how at 11.35pm Garda Daniel Maguire and a colleague were in the Garda patrol car and were called to the assistance of an ambulance crew attending to a man in the Square.
There they met a man known to them as Patrick McInerney and he was shouting and roaring abuse.
“He wanted the ambulance crew for his friend so both could get a lift,” Supt Keane said.
However defence barrister Mr Liston denied his client called out the ambulance simply for a lift to Tralee.
His client’s friend had suffered a head injury — he had banged his head while intoxicated — but had begun to come around when the ambulance arrived.
The injured man was assessed by the ambulance crew but they decided not to transport him to Kerry General Hospital in Tralee.
Mr McInerney accepted “matters did get heated with the gardaí” on the occasion. He was now dealing with his alcohol problem, Mr Liston said.
Mr McInerney has eight previous convictions, all relating to road traffic matters, the court was told.
Judge James O’Connor convicted Mr McInerney on the charge of threatening and abusive behaviour, and after taking the other charge into consideration, imposed a fine of €250.
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