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Motorist who crashed at roundabout two days before Christmas had ‘gross’ alcohol level

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BT Coleraine

A WOMAN who caused a crash at a roundabout at 3.45pm on December 23 last year was more than three and a half times the drink limit.

Kelley Cochrane (48), of Carthall Manor, Coleraine, had an alcohol in breath reading of 129 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35.

She was in the dock at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday where she admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol in her breath in the Dunhill Road area of Coleraine.

A prosecutor said police attended a report of a three-vehicle road traffic collision at the Greenhall Highway roundabout.

The intoxicated defendant had caused a collision which ended with her hitting a traffic island.
A defence solicitor handed in references and documentation to the court.

The defendant had a previously clear record.

The solicitor said the background to the case was a “tragedy” and said the defendant was “overwhelmed” at being in court.

The lawyer said the defendant had “her own demons” in recent years.

District Judge Peter King said the references showed the defendant was held in “high regard” by colleagues and members of the community.

However he said the alcohol reading had been “gross and totally unacceptable”.
The defendant was banned from driving for two and a half years and fined £350.

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