Police saw motorist go through red traffic light in Bangor and then alcohol offence was detected

Police saw motorist go through red traffic light in Bangor and then alcohol offence was detected

POLICE saw a Bangor motorist go through a red traffic light and when they spoke to her an excess alcohol offence came to their attention.

Janette Hamilton (61), of Ballyvester Grove, admitted driving with excess alcohol at the town's Bloomfield Road South at 7.30am on March 17 this year.

She also pleaded guilty to contravening a traffic sign and admitted a driving licence offence.

The case was mentioned at Newtownards Magistrates Court.

The defendant had an alcohol in breath reading of 68 - the legal limit is 35.

A defence solicitor said it was the first time the defendant had ever been in court.

Following the detection the defendant was arrested and "spent the night" in Musgrave Police Station in Belfast "which was a very traumatic experience which she doesn't wish to repeat," the lawyer said.

She said the defendant had been drinking the night before and felt "OK" to drive and had fixed a "slow puncture" before getting behind the wheel and had only gone around "200 yards".

The solicitor said the defendant had driven in connection with her former job as a carer for over 40 years "and never had as much as a blemish on her record".

The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £375.