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Woman caught drink driving twice in a month said ‘toxic relationship’ contributed to her being behind the wheel

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BT Coleraine

A WOMAN twice caught driving with excess alcohol within a month who claimed a “toxic relationship” contributed to her getting behind the wheel, has been banned from driving for 16 months.

Erin McKenna (30), of John Street, Ballymoney, was detected on June 21 this year in Maghera when she had an alcohol in breath reading of 73 – the legal limit is 35.

On July 17 the defendant came to police attention for the same offence around midday when the saw a vehicle being driven erratically in Ballymoney town centre.

Police spoke to her and she had an alcohol in breath reading of 86.

In relation to the first offence, a defence lawyer, said the defendant had been in a “toxic relationship” at the time and her boyfriend had contacted her in the early hours of the morning and “demanded” that she give him a lift home and she was “concerned” about what the man would do.

In July the defendant was again in the presence of the man at noon on July 17.

The defence lawyer said they were “not good enough excuses” to be behind the wheel with alcohol taken but said the defendant was “vulnerable” and suffers from depression and anxiety and has sought help for her difficulties.

The defendant was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £400.

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