Motorist with drugs in her system claimed Ballymena collision was caused when a can rolled under brake pedal

Motorist with drugs in her system claimed Ballymena collision was caused when a can rolled under brake pedal

A MOTORIST with drugs in her system claimed a collision occurred in Ballymena because a can rolled under her brake pedal and she was unable to stop when leaving a junction.

Nicola Alexander-Elder (21), of Laurel Park in Ahoghill, admitted a number of offences when she appeared at Ballymena Magistrates' Court.

She pleaded guilty to driving whilst unfit; driving without due care and attention at the junction of Hugomont Drive and Cushendall Road and possessing cannabis on February 13 this year.

A prosecutor said a two vehicle collision occurred with both vehicles damaged.

The front of the defendant's vehicle had collided with the side of the other vehicle.

The prosecutor said the defendant told police a can had rolled under her brake pedal meaning she was unable to stop when exiting the junction.

She appeared drowsy and was slurring her words and there was a strong smell of cannabis from the vehicle and a small amount of herbal cannabis was found.

A blood sample revealed substances including "cannabis," the prosecutor said.

The defendant was also caught with cannabis on December 19 last year.

Around 1.10am police saw a single vehicle in a car park at Cullybackey Link Road in Ahoghill.

There was a strong smell of cannabis and the defendant, the front seat passenger, reached a 'joint' and a grinder to police.

On Boxing Day last year she was uninsured and failed to produce a licence after being spoken to by police in the Cullybackey area.

She had also used a vehicle without insurance in Ballymena on January 22 this year.

There had been a collision when a man said his car was hit to the rear by a female driver.

The defendant had given her details and had "offered to pay for the damage" but then "declined" to cover the quote of £650, the prosecutor said.

A police check then detected her car had been uninsured.

A defence barrister said the defendant was remorseful and she has been addressing "substance misuse" and dealings with Probation have been "positive" and she has a job with a bookmakers.

He said she had been injured in the Cushendall Road collision.

The defendant was given a two months prison sentence, suspended for a year; was banned from driving for a year and was fined £125.

  • Main picture: The collision happened in the Cushendall Road area of Ballymena. Picture: Google Maps.