Court in Ballymena hears over-the-limit motorist came to attention of police for driving too slowly

Ballymena Court

A WOMAN who, according to a defence solicitor, has been finding the “whole way of having to live” as a result of the pandemic very difficult, was detected drink driving at 3am, Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, was told on Monday.

Sarah Jayne Swann (21), of Carnany Drive, Ballymoney, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with excess alcohol in breath.

A prosecutor said the defendant came to police attention at Newbridge Road in Coleraine on August 30 this year when officers noticed a vehicle being driven at “well below the national speed limit”.

The vehicle also crossed white lines on several occasions.

The defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 62 – the legal limit is 35.

A defence lawyer said the “whole recent way of having to live has been very difficult for her”.

The solicitor added the defendant had been drinking at home earlier and “very foolishly” thought that by the time she had driven she may have been below the limit.

District Judge Liam McNally banned the defendant from the roads for a year and fined her £200.

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