Ban for woman four times over the legal limit


A Portadown woman who was four times the drink drive limit was banned from driving for 16 months last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Thirty-two-year-old Cathy Gordon, Kernan Crescent, Portadown, was also fined £200, with a £15 offender’s levy, for driving with excess alcohol on April 26 this year.

On completion of a course for drink driving the ban would be reduced to 12 months.

The court heard that police received reports of a female driving with excess alcohol.

After checking ownership of the vehicle they went to the defendant’s home.

They found her lying on the floor beside the fireplace. There was a strong smell of intoxicating liquor from her.

Gordon failed a preliminary breath test and an evidential test gave a reading of 150. The legal limit is 35.

At first she denied driving the vehicle but later admitted she had been driving. She was very apologetic.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said it was a very high reading, four times the limit.

Mr Hugo Marley, representing the defendant, said Gordon had driven to the shops and home again, about 700 yards. At home she took more Bacardi and about three quarters of an hour later the police arrived.

Mr Marley explained that a very close friend of the defendant had died and this led to this set of circumstances.

It was the morning of her friend’s funeral, he added. She was in bits and drank far too much. It was a one off incident due to a tragic background.