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Over-the-limit motorist was driving with handbrake still on at garage forecourt

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An over-the-limit motorist was driving at a garage forecourt in Ballymoney with the handbrake still on, Coleraine Magistrates Court heard.

A Ballymoney woman has been banned from the road for 12 months and fined £250 after admitting a drink-driving charge.

Janet Fulton, of Route Meadows, appeared before Coleraine Magistrates Court on July 8.

The court heard how the 46-year-old had been detected at Portrush Road, Ballymoney, on June 19 this year.

After police were waved down by a member of the public they spotted Fulton leaving a petrol station forecourt. She was stopped and officers secured her vehicle’s keys after discovering the handbrake was still on.

Fulton, who was slurring her speech and unsteady on her feet, failed a roadside breath test and later gave an evidential reading of 73 microgrammes – more than twice the legal drink-drive limit of 35.

In her defence, the court was told that Fulton, who had a clear record, had a couple of drinks earlier that day and made “a very foolish mistake” by getting behind the wheel.

She was “extremely remorseful” and had entered an early guilty plea.

District Judge Liam McNally who described the reading as “high enough,” told Fulton she would have to re-sit her test but was a suitable candidate for the drink-driving course. She was also ordered to pay a £15 offender levy.

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