Craigavon woman over three times drink driving limit

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Craigavon woman, who drove a vehicle over three times the drink driving limit, has been banned from the roads for 12 months.

The case of Brook Freeburn, (22), of Birches Grove, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, November 26.

The court heard that on July 10 this year, police observed the defendant’s vehicle with dipped headlights and nearly colliding with a kerb in the vicinity of Charles Street, Portadown.

After Freeburn’s vehicle did hit a kerb thereafter, she was pulled in by officers and failed a sample test at the scene.

A blood test read 256mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood – the legal limit is 80mg.

In her defence, the court was told that Freeburn works as a care assistant and is currently studying at university. Furthermore, it was stated that the high reading was due to taking a “bad reaction” to ongoing family matters at that time. However, the solicitor pleaded for leniency due to an early guilty plea and the fact Freeburn co-operated fully with the police.

District Judge Bernie Kelly imposed a £350 fine and a 12 month disqualification until re-tested for the offence.

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