Woman (74) who failed preliminary breath test in Randalstown referred to herself in the 'third person and burst into laughter'

Woman (74) who failed preliminary breath test in Randalstown referred to herself in the 'third person and burst into laughter'

A 74-year-old woman spotted 'sleeping' in a car in Randalstown then told police she had drank Bacardi and referred to herself in the "third person and on occasions burst into laughter," a prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena.

Rosemary Fletcher, of Belfast Road in Antrim, was in a Mercedes at New Street on July 28 this year.

She admitted being in charge of a vehicle whilst unfit and failing to provide an evidential breath sample at a PSNI Station.

A prosecutor said when police spoke to the defendant she was "confused and rambling".

The defendant told police, it was heard, she had  four Barcardi earlier in the day.

A preliminary breath test was a fail and she failed to provide an evidential sample at Antrim Police Station.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said at the age of 74 the defendant, who had a previously clear record, still works at Antrim Day Centre as a cook.

He said she had an "impeccable previous character" and the incident in July was "completely out of character".

The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £400.

  • Main picture: General image of Bacardi.