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Drink driver put her vehicle on its roof during crash on main road on early hours of Boxing Day

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BT Coleraine

A DRINK driver put her vehicle on its roof during a crash on one of Northern Ireland’s main roads in the early hours of Boxing Day.

Florence Hester Margaret Lamont (46), of Carnduff Drive in Ballymena, crashed at the Drones Road roundabout on the Frosses Road between Ballymena and Ballymoney.

A prosecutor told Monday’s sitting of Coleraine Magistrates Court, where the defendant admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol in her breath, that police received a report of a collision at 5.21am on December 26 last year.

A vehicle was on its roof after it was believed it collided with a central reservation and the defendant was being treated by paramedics.

She had an alcohol in breath reading of 86 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35 micrograms – at the scene and a later evidential reading at Coleraine Police Station was 69.

The court heard the defendant, described in court as care assistant who also works as a hairdresser, was “tearful” at the scene.

A defence solicitor said the loss of her driving licence would impact on her income.

The lawyer said the defendant had been drinking on Christmas Night and was “immediately contrite” and wished to re-issue an apology regarding the crash, about which she had “little memory”.

He added that the “only damage done was to herself and her own property”.

District Judge Peter King said he had witnessed the “aftermath” of the incident on the Frosses Road.

He said anyone who drove with drink onboard at Christmas ran the risk of detection but a crash was always going to be detected.

The defendant was banned from driving for 14 months and fined £200.

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