It took three police officers to lift a drunken Portadown woman who lay down on the ground and refused to get up, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday.
Fifty seven year old Sharen Edith Hester Bosworth, of Carrickblacker Road, Portadown, was being arrested after she had hit two cars while driving when she was drunk.
The court heard that on March 19 police received a report from a woman that a car had collided with her vehicle and another car before driving off on the Gilford Road.
They both followed her to Carrickblacker Avenue and then the injured parties pointed her out to police.
When police approached Bosworth she was unsteady on her feet and smelled of intoxicating liquor. She refused to provide details of who she was and because of her high intoxication was unable to supply a breath sample.
The defendant lay down on the ground and refused to get into the police car. She started to flail her arms about and was placed in handcuffs. She had to be lifted by three officers because she acted as a dead weight, trying to keep her feet outside the doors of the police vehicle.
Bosworth used her nails to scrab an officer, attempted to head-butt a female officer and pulled her head down into her lap, refusing to let go.
Restraints had to be used but she continued to be aggressive and refused to calm down.
When interviewed by police she admitted she was the driver of the vehicle and said she had been drinking vodka in the afternoon. She had no recollection of the events.
A blood sample gave a reading of 215 - the legal limit is 80.
A solicitor for Bosworth said she was deeply ashamed of her behaviour on this occasion and how she reacted to police who were trying to be of assistance to her.
He added that she had been driving since 1984 and had a clear record. This was totally out of character.
The solicitor explained that the defendant had been at a friend’s house and had consumed alcohol. It was just ten minutes away and foolishly she got in her car to drive home.
District Judge, Mr Alan White, said the appalling facts presented to him about the driving were bad enough but what happened after she was arrested was absolutely disgraceful.
For driving while unfit she was fined £100 and banned from driving for 20 months.
Fines of £25 and concurrent 12 month bans were imposed for failing to remain, failing to stop and failing to report an accident.
Bosworth was fined £125 for assault on the police, £100 for obstruction and £100 for resisting police. She was also ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.