In Ireland’s Donegal, a blind man was reportedly arrested after drinking and crashing into pole while riding bicycle. The incident was reported from Drumnahoagh in Letterkenny and occurred earlier on October 4. The matter came to the fore after a local court fined the man after being charged for being under influence to an extent, he couldn’t handle himself.
Earlier, 53-year-old Gintaras Jankauskas was arrested for his own safety and taken to the local station where he was charged. Later, Gardaí the national police service of Ireland couldn’t get a reading from him as he was not capable of giving one, the court heard.
The court heard solicitor Patsy Gallagher claiming that his client Jankauskas is technically blind and has a 6/60 vision. “He is clinically blind and a blind man on a thoroughfare could do some serious damage. There is a plea to the charge and he was very apologetic to gardaí. He has an issue with alcohol and the gardaí were very humane towards him,” the solicitor was quoted saying.
The local court fined the accused €50 (Rs 4,247).
The Facts of the Matter
Driving under influence can be an obvious and dangerous deterrent for the driver. It not only puts the driver at risk of harm, but also those who maybe in the vicinity of the driver. However, when you add complete loss of vision in the mix, it makes up for a shocking and dangerous cocktail.
No Casualties After Drunk Blind Man Runs Into Car
In one such incident, a blind man was arrested in Ireland for reportedly drinking and then riding a bicycle. Thankfully, the man didn’t hit anyone, and no casualties were reported. However, the man did collide to another car, damaging it and being arrested later.
The matter comes to the fore after a local court in Donegal, Ireland heard the man’s case and later fined him for his misadventures.
The Accident and the Arrest
Earlier on October 4, 53-year-old Gintaras Jankauskas was riding a bicycle at Drumnahoagh in Letterkenny. Somehow, a passerby saw him swerving dangerously in and out of lanes on the road and then colliding into a passing car.
He was arrested and made to appear before the court. He was charged with driving a pedal vehicle while being under the influence to an extent he was unable to properly control the bicycle. According to solicitor Patsy Gallagher who represented Gintaras in the court, the local police arrested him for his own safety.
“He is clinically blind and a blind man on a thoroughfare could do some serious damage. There is a plea to the charge and he was very apologetic to gardaí. He has an issue with alcohol and the gardaí were very humane towards him,” the solicitor said.
Accused Stuck in Ireland Due to Disability
The prosecutor further said that Gintaras had been in Ireland for the 17 years and because of his disability, he cannot work and is “stuck here”. After hearing about the man’s ordeal, the court fined Gintaras €50.
Blind Man’s Vision Returns After Meeting Accident
In an equally shocking incident reported earlier in 2020, a blind Polish man was run over by a car on zebra crossing. Later, the man stunned the doctors and locals as his sight came back and he started working again.
After the man was run over by a car, he was taken to the local hospital for a hip surgery. Within two weeks, not only did his bones mend, but he also didn’t need glasses to see clearly.