Three-year disqualification for Lurgan motorist

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Monday 10 January 2022 9:00

A Lurgan woman, who drove with excess alcohol in blood, “should have known better”, a court has heard.

The case of Kelly Lee Carson, (42), of Lime Grove, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, January 7.

The court heard that on August 4 last year, police observed a vehicle approach at speed on Sloan Street, Lurgan, before turning right onto Union Street without making a signal.

After speaking to the defendant, they could detect a strong smell of alcohol and after making instructions for other officers to bring a preliminary breath test device, Carson started the ignition and drove off.

The defendant was stopped 400 metres away and failed a preliminary breath test.

A blood test read 83 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of blood – the legal limit is 80 microgrammes.

In her defence, the court was told that Carson made an early guilty plea and that she “should have known better” despite the marginal blood test reading. The barrister outlined that she drove away due to “misunderstanding and panic” and drove the vehicle on the day in question as a family member was “in a spot of bother”.

District Judge Bernie Kelly imposed a £100 fine for failing to comply with a road traffic direction by an officer, as well as a £350 fine and a three-year disqualification until re-tested for driving with excess alcohol in blood.

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