A COURT has heard a band parade meant a woman in a ‘Mobility’ car was stopped by police and then offences were detected.
She had now admitted driving a ‘Mobility’ car without insurance and no driving licence twice within two weeks.
Paula Elizabeth Power (42), with an address listed as Clonavon Road in Ballymena, committed offences at Bridge Street and Gilmore Street in Ballymena on May 18 and May 30 this year.
She was first came to police attention when she had to stop due to an ongoing band parade.
A prosecutor said the Ford C Max was part of a Mobility scheme and was insured to a family member who was not present.
Instead the defendant was giving friends a lift.
The next occasion police spoke to the defendant she initially gave another name.
Defence solicitor Stephen McCann said the defendant and the family member “fell out” and Power was “left high and dry” when it came to transport and “foolishly took a chance”.
He said Power had struggled with mental health and addiction issues and on one of the dates offences were detected she had been on her way to get medication.
Deputy District Judge Trevor Browne handed down a four months prison term, suspended for 18 months, to Power who had a previous record.
He said he was very close to jailing the defendant who was also given penalty points and fines.