A CARE worker who admits speeding on a day trip along the Antrim Coast Road claims she was trying to get a “very demanding” passenger to a toilet.
Emma Claire Walsh (28), of Largy Road, Crumlin, was detected doing 42mph in a 30mph zone at Glenariffe last November.
A defence lawyer told Ballymena Magistrates Court the defendant was a driver for ‘Praxis’ and had been taking people with disabilities “out for the day”.
The solicitor said: “She stated the problem was there was an autistic boy who badly needed to go to the toilet and he was very demanding”.
The lawyer claimed the defendant had previous experience of the boy “becoming violent if he doesn’t get what he wants”.
The solicitor added that the defendant was faced with a situation that she was either going to get him to the toilet “very quickly or risk an outburst”.
The lawyer added that being “quite scared” of the boy the defendant feared if there had been trouble in the vehicle that could have led to an “accident” so she opted for increasing her speed to get to a toilet.
District Judge Nigel Broderick gave the defendant three points and a £60 fine.