AN Enniskillen woman who was caught drink driving following her friend’s funeral has been disqualified from driving for a year.
Frances Orman (52) of Glebe Park, Chanterhill appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday where she pleaded guilty to drink driving on December 31.
At around 9.10pm police responded to reports from members of the public about a red Citroen car travelling from one side of the road to another on the Cherrylink Road in the town.
When they stopped the car, which was being driving by Orman, the officers could smell alcohol and she failed a road side breath test. When arrested, Orman returned and evidential reading of 62 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath.
Defence solicitor Michelle McVeigh asked the court for credit for Orman’s early guilty plea, and explained the defendant had earlier that day had attended a the funeral of a friend who had died in tragic circumstances.
Ms McVeigh said Orman was an employee of the South West Acute Hospital, but was on long-term leave due to health reasons. She added Orman had been driving for 24 years without a conviction.
District Judge said he would give Orman credit for her early plea and clear record. He fined her £250 and disqualified her from driving for 12 months, with the option of undertaking the drink driving course to reduce that disqualification by 25 per cent.
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