County Antrim woman studying to be nurse is banned from driving for three years

County Antrim woman studying to be nurse is banned from driving for three years

A WOMAN studying to be a nurse has been ordered to do 100 Community Service hours after being caught over the limit whilst driving whilst disqualified.

Police received a report of a possible intoxicated driver at 1am in July this year and when they saw a vehicle at Grove Road in Ballymena they followed it to the Ballygarvey Road where it was "swerving".

The vehicle then pulled over and at the wheel was Catriona Quigley (26), of Tullymore Garden, Broughshane.

She had previously been banned from driving earlier this year in connection with drink driving.

On July 18 she had a reading of 65 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Defence solicitor Sara Edge told Ballymena Magistrates Court the defendant is a final year graduate nurse.

She said the defendant has a "great deal of insight into her offending behaviour", which, the solicitor said, was "completely out of character" and she is "extremely remorseful".

Ms Edge said the defendant works as a care assistant three nights a week.

The solicitor said the defendant is also a "very avid boxer".

District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant, who was in court: "This is a very sad state of affairs. I am sure whatever I impose upon you in terms of sentence is probably not as significant as the implications for your employment but that is beyond my remit".

He said the disqualified driving offence in July was aggravated by drink.

The defendant was ordered to do 100 hours of Community Service and banned from driving for three years.