Nurse was over the drink drive limit after crashing at 7.50am

A nurse who was over the limit when she crashed into a parked car and wall in the Ballycarry area at 7.50am has been banned from driving for a year and fined £200.

Sunday, 24th October 2021, 10:06 am

Kerry Irwin (43), of Forthill, Ballycarry, crashed at Hillhead Road on September 26 this year.

She had a reading of 74 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court the defendant was very apologetic to police.

A defence lawyer said it was a “very sad state of affairs”.

He said the defendant had been drinking the night before after working long hours as a nurse.

The lawyer said the defendant “foolishly thought” she was OK to drive at 7.50am the following morning.

He said the defendant had an “impeccable character to date” and is “extremely insightful”.

The lawyer said she had taken this matter very seriously, was “remorseful” and “understands how wrong this is”.

He continued: “She is a nurse and her licence is extremely important to her. She is giving something back to the community.”