Woman in crash in Limavady thought she was in Strabane

Limavady Courthouse
Limavady Courthouse

A 46-year-old woman who drove the wrong way on a slip road in Limavady and was involved in a collision thought she was in Strabane, a court has heard.

Carol King from Drumceatt Park in Limavady was disqualified from driving for 15 months at Limavady Magistrate’s on Wednesday for the offences of driving while unfit and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

The court heard on October 26 of this year King drove the wrong way on a slip road at the junction of Rathmore Road and Broad Road, and collided with another vehicle.

The court heard when police arrived at the scene the defendant’s speech was slurred and she was behaving erratically.

King claimed she was 37 years old and thought she was in Strabane.

King failed a preliminary breath test and, when cautioned by police, King replied: “What?”

King told police she could not recall the incident, but admitted having consumed alcohol that evening.

King failed to give an evidential sample, and was “very upset”, the court was told.

Defence solicitor, Brian Stelfox, said it was “an unfortunate incident”. He said King had consumed a few drinks that evening and “had no intention of driving”, but she received a phone call from a family member about a relative and “she got in the car” and had the accident.

District Judge Liam McNally said he would take into account King’s plea of guilty at the earliest opportunity, but said it was “a bad case” where King had gone “down a slip road when you should have been on a main road” aggravated by the fact she failed to provide a sample.

In addition to the driving disqualification, King was fined £300 and ordered to pay an offender levy of £15.