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Man smashed car into living room in Glasgow

Paul McGarrigle
Image caption The court heard how McGarrigle had taken the car keys from a friend

A man has admitted smashing a BMW into a couple's living room following a row at a Glasgow party.

Paul McGarrigle had been at the party in Findochty Place when he began arguing with Gayle McQuilken and Allan Fleming who then went home.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how the couple were in their kitchen when they heard a bang and found a car sticking through the wall of their living room.

Sentence on McGarrigle, 33, from Maryhill, was deferred for reports.

He was released on bail and given an interim driving ban.

The court heard how the couple had escaped unharmed but it had cost about £20,000 to repair the damage which included a "ripple effect" on the adjoining house next door.

McGarrigle admitted culpably and recklessly driving the car into the house on 31 October last year.

He also pled guilty to refusing to complete several breath tests after he was arrested at the scene.

Prosecutor Steven Quither told the court there had been "banter" back and forth between the couple and McGarrigle but this turned sour shortly after midnight.

Miss McQuilken and Mr Fleming decided to go home but another fight broke out between McGarrigle and Mr Fleming outside their house.

The couple eventually got inside and McGarrigle returned to the party.

Mr Quither said: "The accused then asked one of his friends if he could have her car keys because he had left his phone in her car.

"He was then seen reversing it back a short distance on to the roadway and then revving up the engine and driving into the front of the house next door.

"Miss McQuilken and Mr Fleming were in the kitchen and they simply heard a deafening bang coming from the front of the house.

"When they went to investigate, they saw that the car had been driven through the wall and into the living room."

Drinking heavily

The court heard that the police were called and McGarrigle refused a breath test at the scene.

He was taken to Baird Street police station and again failed to complete a breath test.

He told police: "I'm intoxicated with alcohol and my lungs can't function."

Defence lawyer Tony McGlennan told the court his client had been drinking heavily before the incident.

He added that McGarrigle can no longer work as a van driver but his employers have agreed to give him a sales job instead.

Sheriff Bill Totten deferred sentence until later this month for background reports.

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