‘Hit and run’ motorist who claims she suffered a blackout and couldn’t remember driving was three times drink drive limit

Police spoke to the defendant at petrol pumps at The Phoenix.

A MOTORIST who failed to stop after colliding with a parked car in a ‘hit and run’ before later ending up parked at an angle between petrol pumps was three times the drink drive limit.

Shauna McAlary (37), of Lanntara in Ballymena, was at the town’s Magistrates Court on Thursday and admitted charges including driving with excess alcohol in her breath in relation to January 18 this year.

She also pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop, remain and report an accident in the Old Antrim Road area.

A prosecutor said police saw the car parked at an angle at the Phoenix filling station and supermarket at Antrim Road and there was damage to the front of the vehicle.

The defendant was slurring her words and when she tried to get out of the vehicle she was unsteady on her feet and stumbled.

Police were given details of a ‘hit and run’ when a resident heard a bang and a parked car had been struck at Old Antrim Road.

McAlary had an alcohol in breath reading of 103 – the legal limit is 35.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the defendant was remorseful and wished to apologise.

He said she had never been in trouble before.

The court heard the defendant had picked up a child and returned home and then drank vodka.

The defence lawyer said the defendant had a memory gap but accepts she had driven.

The solicitor said, thankfully, there had been no injuries.

He said the defendant had worked for 18 years with an “impeccable” work record.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said he had to take into account the high reading and that the fact that damage had been caused.

He said he had read references and accepted the defendant had “a number of issues in the background”.

The defendant was banned from driving for 18 months and has to re-sit her test before getting back on the road and she was fined £500.

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