POLICE received a report of a possible unfit driver in the vicinity of the KFC restaurant in Ballymena and when officers went to the registered address of a vehicle owner cannabis was later detected in her system.
Kathryn Logan (40), of Rectory Fields in Broughshane, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday for sentencing for being in charge of a vehicle at Barra Drive in Ballymena whilst unfit.
A prosecutor said when police went to Barra Drive the defendant gave a false name and was stumbling and unsteady on her feet and had the keys in her possession.
A defence solicitor said the defendant’s life has been in “freefall” in recent months.
He said the defendant had walked to the KFC and denied driving and said a “false report” had been made to police that she was behind the wheel.
The lawyer said Logan had been using cannabis for “medicinal purposes” in a bid to relieve stress and calm herself down at the time of the incident in July last year.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said that not without some hesitation he was going to give the defendant the “benefit of the doubt” regarding the case and not ban her from driving.
The defendant was given ten penalty points and fined £200.