Three-times-limit drink driver who failed to stop at red traffic light in Bangor is given suspended jail sentence

Three-times-limit drink driver who failed to stop at red traffic light in Bangor is given suspended jail sentence

A BANGOR woman who had initially been charged with dangerous driving but who pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of driving without due care and attention has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Wendy Sarah Kennedy (44), of Sheridan Drive, committed offences on October 21 last year including driving with excess alcohol.

She was more than three times the drink drive limit with a reading of 112 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.

The defendant also failed to provide a preliminary breath sample.

A prosecutor told Newtownards Magistrates Court police received a report of a vehicle being driven erratically, hitting a kerb, and it had driven through a red traffic light at Gransha Road Roundabout.

The vehicle crossed road lines and a witness said after the vehicle stopped she saw the driver's head moving as if she was falling asleep.

When police attended, the defendant was being "supported by the witness and another female".

A defence lawyer said the defendant had moved back from America after 18 years.

He said the defendant accepted it was a "very high reading".

District Judge Mark Hamill said it has been a "horrendous" piece of driving.

He added: "She can reflect on the fact that if someone near to her had been killed by a drunk driver how she would feel.

"She would be facing if she hurt, killed, somebody, seven years in prison. She can reflect on how lucky she is".

The defendant was given a four months prison sentence, suspended for three years; banned from driving for two years and fined £200.