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A court has heard that a 24-year-old Tralee man didn’t call an ambulance for himself and a friend for a “quick spin” home.

Patrick McInerney of 16 Ballyrickard, Tralee appeared before Listowel District Court accused of failing to comply with the directions of a Garda.

Listowel Courthouse

He was also charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour at The Square, Listowel on April 21st last.

He was fined €250.

Superintendent Dan Keane told Listowel District Court gardai had been called to The Square in Listowel by ambulance staff at 11.35pm on April 21st.

When they arrived, Mr McInerney told them he had called an ambulance because he and his friend had missed their bus home.

He then became abusive and refused to follow the directions of Garda Daniel Maguire, and put his hands on the garda’s face.

Defending Mr McInerney, Richard Liston, said his client had not called the ambulance for a “quick spin home”.

He said Mr McInerney was in the company of another man, who was extremely intoxicated and had banged his head.

He carried his friend to the bus stop but they had missed the last bus. He then rang his mother before calling an ambulance, the court heard.

He said by the time the ambulance arrived his friend had started to wake up.

The other man had since been fined €150 for being intoxicated in a public place, the court was told.

Mr Liston said Mr McInerney admitted things had got heated and apologised to the garda.

Judge James O’Connor fined him €250 for using abusive and threatening behaviour and took the other matter into consideration.