Hairdresser was ‘crying hysterically’ after being detected drink driving

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A hairdresser caught drink driving after going to McDonald’s to get something to eat following a night out at a birthday party was “crying hysterically” when spoken to by police and was unable to provide a preliminary breath test.

Kerrie Ann Kelly (40), of Oakland Walk in Coleraine, was detected on June 2, the town’s Magistrates Court was told on June 24.

She pleaded guilty to charges of driving with excess alcohol and failing to provide a preliminary sample of breath.

She did subsequently give an evidential breath sample at a police station which was 71 – just over twice the legal limit.

A defence lawyer said the defendant had attended a birthday party and after going home “foolishly” made the decision to drive to McDonalds in Coleraine to get food.

The lawyer said the defendant panicked when spoken to by police and was unable to give the preliminary breath sample because she was “crying hysterically” and was “extremely distressed”.

The lawyer said the mother-of-two was a hairdresser who used a vehicle to do home visits to elderly or sick clients.

The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £300.

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