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Woman caught driving whilst unfit after drinking at wedding party of couple in their late-70s

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BT Coleraine

A WOMAN caught drink driving after clipping a vehicle on her way home from a wedding party for a couple in their 70s said the decision to get behind the wheel was the “most stupid mistake” of her life, a defence solicitor told Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, on Monday.

The defendant, Susan Margaret Orr (50), of Kirkview Close in Ballymoney, admitted a charge of driving whilst unfit.

The offence came to light at Kirkview Close on October 3 this year.

A charge of failing to provide a breath sample to police was withdrawn.

A prosecutor said when interviewed the defendant said: “I hold my hands up”.

A defence solicitor said on the date in question the defendant had been a witness at the wedding of a couple in their late 70s.

The solicitor said it was a small wedding because of the pandemic and the defendant was the designated driver and after going to a hotel for a meal she had taken no drink.

However, the lawyer said the defendant had been suffering from a cold and went home and fell asleep on a sofa and as a wedding party was taking place in a house nearby she was asked to come down for a short time.
The solicitor said the defendant had driven and had not intended to drink but she took three drinks and rather than leaving the car, because of the weather, she decided to drive.

The lawyer said the defendant had described it as “the most stupid mistake of her life” and had “clipped” another vehicle.

The defendant said as regards to her client co-operating with police she had done her best but has “chronic breathing problems with asthma”.

The defendant was banned from driving for a year and fined £250.

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