A DEFENCE solicitor said Easter Sunday pub patrons bought a woman ‘shots’ to celebrate her getting a work promotion – but she was then detected drink driving.
Andrea McCaffrey (41), of Dunvale, Ballymena, had gone out to watch a football match and normally wouldn’t drink much, according to the legal representative, but when others in the bar heard of her good news they insisted in buying her drink which put her over the limit.
The defendant said police received a report of a verbal altercation between two drivers at Thomas Street in Ballymena before the defendant drove off.
Police stopped her at Market Road and could smell intoxicating liquor, the court heard.
The defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 82 – the legal limit is 35.
At Ballymena Magistrates Court today she was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £300.