Woman drove at 70 mph and through red lights

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A Limavady woman who went through two red lights after driving across the Foyle Bridge at 70 mph “had a lapse of judgement,” Derry Magistrate’s Court has heard.

Danielle McCurry of Ballyclose Street in Limavady was disqualified from driving and given a condition discharge when she appeared in court on Friday morning. The 32 year-old admitted dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol on July 11.

The court was told the defendant came to the attention of police when she overtook a mobile police patrol.

Officers followed her using lights and sirens. They reported that at times her speed increased to 70 mph.

She turned onto the Culmore Road and drove through red lights there and at Sainsbury’s.

When McCurry stopped officers blocked the driver’s door to prevent her escaping.

She tried to get out of the vehicle on the passenger side but was stopped.

McCurry was found to be unsteady on her feet and an evidential reading revealed she was 27 mgs over the legal limit.

When cautioned McCurry replied: “I drink and drive once and get caught, other people do it all the time.”

Defence barrister Ms Nicki Rountree said that there had been ‘no rational thinking’ in the case.

She said her client had panicked when she saw police and was aware she was going to be disqualified.

The barrister said the disqualification would cause ‘grave difficulties’ for the family and described the incident as ‘a lapse of judgement.’

McCurry was disqualified for 12 months and given a conditional discharge.