Woman crashed car and assaulted cop - court hears

Limavady Courthouse
Limavady Courthouse

A 46-year-old Ballykelly woman who drove almost three times over the limit crashed into a parked car and subsequently left the scene and assaulted a police officer, a court heard on Wednesday.

Appearing before District Judge Liam McNally at a sitting of Limavady Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday was Alyson Helen Cuthbert of Lough Crescent in Ballykelly.

She was fined £500 and disqualified from driving for 18 months for charges including driving with excess alcohol in breath, assault on a police officer, resisting a police officer, failing to provide details and failing to stop where an accident occurred and damage was caused.

The court heard on September 28th at 1am police were called by a member of the public who witnessed a car crash into a vehicle outside his house and saw the driver left the scene.

When police attended the scene they saw there was damage to the car and there was also to damage to another vehicle.

The witness walked police to where the offending vehicle was. It had a flat tyre and there was water running from it.

When police located Cuthbert she said she had driven the car that night and pointed to keys on the table.

“I was driving and crashed the car. Who gives a f***?” Cuthbert told the police.

Cuthbert refused to leave and sat down. She then proceeded to resist the officer by using her body. She was verbally abusive and, when she did get into the car, she struck out with her forehead towards the police officer, making contact with his shoulder.

After she was arrested for assault on the officer Cuthbert was abusive to the officer stating ‘fenian b******’.

The court heard a test revealed a reading of 99 in breath.

A defence solicitor told the court Cuthbert was apologetic for her conduct on that evening. He said she had received threats that weekend and sought recourse in alcohol, which was a poor decision.

He said Cuthbert, who was a civil servant, was very apologetic and accepted the incident could have been much more serious.

District Judge McNally said he would take into account the guilty pleas, but said the reading was very high.

In addition to the fine and driving disqualification, Cuthbert received a 12-month conditional discharge.