Ballymena motorist told police they should be 'investigating other types of people'

Ballymena motorist told police they should be 'investigating other types of people'

A BALLYMENA L driver who had driven whilst unaccompanied became verbally abusive to police, saying they should be "investigating other types of people instead of her," a prosecutor told the town's Magistrates' Court.

Caitriona Speers (23), of Nursery Close, admitted charges of being disorderly; displaying no L plate at the front and being an unaccompanied learner driver on January 4 this year.

The prosecutor said around noon police saw a vehicle at Lower Mill Street in Ballymena.

The vehicle had an L plate on the back window and it "drove across the front of the police car and quickly attempted to park in a loading bay".

The prosecutor said the defendant was unaccompanied and she "jumped across from the driver's seat to the passenger seat".

The prosecutor continued: "She then became verbally abusive towards police, shouting and swearing, using abusive language and other terms.

"She said they should be investigating other types of people instead of her".

The prosecutor said the defendant said she had been "unable to book her driving test because of the pandemic".

The court heard she was "given a number of warnings" but "continued to swear at police" and was then arrested.

A defence solicitor said the "verbal exchange" was out of "frustration at her inability to sit her test due to Covid than any personal direction towards the police officer".

He said the defendant asked him to apologise for the "outburst".

The defendant was banned from driving for six months and fined £175.

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