POLICE spotted a vehicle being driven without its lights illuminated at the Larne Road Link in Ballymena at 1.40am on December 16 last year and it emerged the motorist was over the limit.
Stacey Burns (29), of Cassino Avenue, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on January 31 and pleaded guilty to a charge of driving with excess alcohol in breath.
She had a reading of 63 with the legal limit being 35.
A defence solicitor said that coming up to Christmas the defendant had been out but believed she was ok to drive.
A reference for the defendant, a trainee nurse, was handed in to court from a charity.
The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £250.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant was a “hard-working industrious young person” but unfortunately she had found herself in court.