Fivemiletown drink driver was ‘slurring her words’

Drink driving charge
Drink driving charge

A Fivemiletown hotel receptionist had just finished a fourteen hour shift when she decided to drive while drunk.

East Tyrone Magistrate’s Court heard how Diane Williamson, 46, from Willand Crescent, was stopped by police just after 3am close to her home on April 9.

She was displaying signs of drinking alcohol and was slurring her words. As she attempted to hand over her licence she fumbled the document and it fell onto the ground.

She subsequently provided a breath sample over twice the legal limit.

Ms Paula Duffy, defending, told the court that her client had indulged in some drinks after a 14 hour shift at a local hotel where she has worked for almost thirty years.

“She made the foolish decision to drive,” Ms Duffy said. “She is affronted ... over this blemish to her otherwise clear record.”

Citing her plea at the earliest opportunity, Deputy District Judge Anne Marshall stated that the defendant was entitled to full credit.

She handed down a fine of £200 before disqualifying her from driving for twelve months.

Judge Marshall also imposed a £15 offender’s levy.