An advanced paramedic who became addicted to the painkilling drug Oxycontin has been jailed for five months for several offences including repeatedly driving under the influence of cocaine and having no insurance.
Sergeant Pat Lyons said that a motorist on the Cork to Mallow Road became so concerned about Martina O’Sullivan driving on to the wrong side of the road and otherwise driving erratically that he managed to overtake her and signal for her to stop.
Judge Olann Kelleher said of this intervention: “Members of the public have to be commended for stopping her before someone was killed on the Mallow Road, which is a dangerous road. People on the Mallow Road that day are lucky to be alive.”
Judge Kelleher imposed a jail term of five months on 43-year-old Martina O’Sullivan of 14 Upper St. Joseph’s Road, Mallow, County Cork, on counts including dangerous driving, having no insurance, drug-driving and possession of Diamorphine (heroin) for her own use.
The heroin possession was detected at Charlemont Terrace, Wellington Road, Cork, when Martina O’Sullivan was seen discarding items in her car. A bag of heroin was recovered. It had a street value of €280 and she admitted having it for her own person use.
‘She didn’t know where she was’
When she was later tested for the presence of intoxicants in her blood, cocaine use was detected.
The incident on Mallow Road occurred on September 26, 2019, when a concerned motorist called gardaí and notified them that he had managed to get another motorist to stop and pull in after she had been driving erratically.
Sgt Lyons said: “She appeared to be disoriented. She didn’t know where she was.” When she was blood-tested after this incident traces of Benzodiazepine, opiates and cocaine were discovered. She had been driving from Mallow to Cork and drove into the path of oncoming traffic.
Diarmuid Kelleher, solicitor, said Martina O’Sullivan had qualified as an advance paramedic and she was based at Mallow hospital for a period and had her own jeep for travelling to emergency situations. On one occasion while dealing with a man who fell under machinery on a farm and went into a diabetic coma.
‘She was incredibly sick’
Mr Kelleher said that while Ms O’Sullivan was trying to treat the patient in th