Over-the-limit woman in process of moving to new home crashed car into tree

FacebookTwitterEmailWhatsAppA woman who was in the process of moving home was found to be over the limit after putting a vehicle on its roof after crashing into a tree in Broughshane. Emmalene Tuff (38), of Shane Court in Broughshane, crashed at the junction of Rectory Green and Raceview Road on August 12 last year. At […]

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The collision happened at the junction of Rectory Green and Raceview Road in Broughshane.

A woman who was in the process of moving home was found to be over the limit after putting a vehicle on its roof after crashing into a tree in Broughshane.

Emmalene Tuff (38), of Shane Court in Broughshane, crashed at the junction of Rectory Green and Raceview Road on August 12 last year.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court on January 31 the defendant admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol in blood.

A prosecutor said that at 2.30am police received a report that there had been a “loud bang” and a vehicle was on its roof between trees.

When officers arrived at the scene the defendant was outside the car and was complaining of chest pains.

She was taken to hospital and a blood sample showed an alcohol level of 102 with the legal blood/alcohol limit being 80.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said the defendant had been in the process of moving house and had earlier consumed some alcohol and was making her way back to her original home to spend the night.

“It was not the house warming party she wanted,” he added.

District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant she was lucky she had not been more seriously injured.

He noted the defendant had a previous drink-related driving conviction.

Banning her from the road for three years along with a ¬£250 fine the judge added: “If you do this a third time you run the risk of prison”.

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