Vehicle being driven without its lights on in Ballymena town centre in run up to Christmas leads to drink detection

Ballymena Court

POLICE saw a vehicle without its lights on at 1.15am on Sunday December 15 last year in Ballymena town centre and when they spoke to the driver she was the over the limit.

Jane Creith (52), with an address listed as Leighinmohr Court in Ballymena, was at the town’s Magistrates Court and admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol in her breath.

A prosecutor said that when officers spoke to the defendant they could smell intoxicating liquor and she failed a preliminary breath test before she blew 71 in an evidential test – twice the limit.

Defence solicitor Emma McCann said the defendant had been driving for over 30 years with “nothing of this nature”.

The court heard the defendant had been out prior to Christmas and when she couldn’t get a taxi, “foolishly and entirely out of character,” she opted to drive home.

The lawyer said it was probably not going to be the only case of its kind to come before courts in January.

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

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