Drink driver detected after member of public took photo of number plate in Randalstown

Drink driver detected after member of public took photo of number plate in Randalstown

A COURT heard a member of the public took photos of a vehicle and its number plate in Randalstown and reported a suspected drink driver to police.

When officers spoke to the vehicle owner, Kathleen McCartney (67), of Staffordstown Road, she admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol in her breath on February 8 this year.

Police noticed there was damage to a gate at her property which corresponded with damage to her vehicle.

The defendant was unsteady on her feet and there was a smell of intoxicating liquor.

She failed a preliminary breath test and an evidential sample had a reading of 41 - the legal limit is 35.

The defendant told police the damage to the gate had occurred previously.

A defence lawyer said the defendant had a previously clear record and had been driving for 36 years without any court appearances.

He said the reading was "extremely low" and said the defendant was "deeply ashamed of her actions and mortified to be before the court".

At Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, the defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £200.