Unfit driver twice hit the same car outside pub

An unfit driver twice crashed into a car outside a pub.

Jadwiga Pozniak (57), of Westbourne Crescent, Coleraine, appeared at the town’s Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to the three charges she faced.

She admitted driving whilst unfit; driving without due care and attention and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

On April 28, 2017, two people watched the defendant leave The Bull’s Eye Bar in Coleraine and get into a car and attempt to drive off but she collided with another vehicle.

The defendant was approached about the situation and insisted she was ok to drive and when she attempted to leave for a second time she again struck the same vehicle.

Police were called and the defendant was unsteady on her feet and smelt of intoxicating liquor.

The court heard the defendant refused to provide a preliminary breath test after initially claiming she had not been driving.

During a police interview she said she had only gone to her vehicle to collect house keys.

The court heard the defendant, originally from Poland, claimed she failed to provide a sample at the police station because she was unable to understand an interpreter due to a combination of “shock” and background noise.

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said following an incident the defendant had foolishly decided to make her way home from the pub.

The court heard the defendant had convictions – one in 2009 and another relating to March this year when she was banned from driving for four years.

The incident before the court had preceded that ban.

Regarding the 2017 offences District Judge Peter King banned the defendant from driving for three years and fined her £600.

He told her: “Your record is now at such a level for drink driving that if this happens again the court will have to look at a period of imprisonment in order to keep you off the road”.

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