A student has been banned from driving after she drove her car the wrong way down a one way street while almost three times over the legal drink driving limit.
Stephanie Mulligan (28) of Springfield, Hands Lanne, Lusk in Dublin was charged with driving with excess alcohol in breath on July 11th at Henry Street in Enniskillen.
Enniskillen Magistrates Court heard that at 12.25am on the date in question, police on patrol observed an Opel Astra being driven by the defendant turning the wrong way on Ann Street, which is a one-way road. Mulligan’s car came to a halt at Henry Street.
Officers stopped her for driving the wrong way. She failed a roadside breath test and and was taken to Enniskillen Police Station where she gave an evidential reading and was found to have 100 micrograms of alcohol in breath – with the limit being 35 micrograms.
Defence solicitor Garry Smyth acknowledged that his client did co-operate with police at the time, adding: “Thankfully no other motorists were inconvenienced and that is a stroke of good luck for this lady. The potential consequences of this incident are not lost on the defendant. Since the incident she has taken steps to ensure that there has been no repeat of this and to get her life back on track.”
District Judge Nigel Broderick said an aggravating factor in the case was the very high reading, nearly three times the legal limit.
“On a way street there could have been an accident with who knows what consequences but thankfully not on this occasion,” he added.
Mulligan was fined £250 and disqualified for two years until re-tested.
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Posted: 5:30 pm August 14, 2016