Judge slams Comber motorist's 'appalling' drink driving reading which prosecutor told court was almost four times the legal limit

Judge slams Comber motorist's 'appalling' drink driving reading which prosecutor told court was almost four times the legal limit

A JUDGE has slammed a Comber woman's "appalling" drink drive reading which a prosecution lawyer told a court was almost four times the drink drive limit.

Rachel Tully (44), of Darragh Gardens, is charged with driving with excess alcohol in breath at Old Belfast Road, Newtownards, on July 7 this year.

She had a reading of 132 - the legal limit is 35.

A prosecutor said the defendant had "fallen asleep at the wheel" with the keys in ignition and the engine still running.

There were empty bottles of alcohol in the vehicle.

District Judge Mark Hamill advised the defendant to get a solicitor to see if she could avoid immediate imprisonment.

He said she had a previous conviction from 2009 when she was banned from driving for two years and the judge said the defendant had put people "in danger again".

At Newtownards Magistrates' Court (main picture) the defendant was given an interim driving ban and the case was adjourned to September 14 for a pre-sentence report.