A Co Armagh nurse who was caught drink driving after her “lift fell through” has been disqualified for 12 months.
The district judge told the 32-year-old: “It is a shame to see someone like you before the court. Because of your record I am going to keep this to the minimum.”
Court heard that on May 22, at 2.50am, police received a report from a member of the public of a vehicle being driven erratically on the Markethill Road, Armagh.
A short time later officers stopped the car in question, a red Volkswagen Golf, on the Keady Road.
They spoke to the driver, later identified as the defendant. Upon doing so officers noted a strong smell of intoxicating liquor and an open beer can in the driver’s seat pocket.
Murray submitted to a preliminary breath test which resulted in a fail.
Later, whilst in custody, a reading of 88mg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath was obtained.
Defence solicitor Siun Downey stated: “Ms Murray is a nurse who carries out agency work. She knows the outcome of today is inevitable and it will have an effect on her employment.
“She had been having a few drinks, she had not planned on going to a friend’s house and after an arranged lift fell through she stupidly made the decision to drive.”
She continued: “Ms Murray thought herself okay to drive on that night but that simply was not the case.”
District Judge Peter Magill said: “This was a plea at the first opportunity. It may be said that you had little choice but a plea will always get credit from me.
“It is a shame to see someone like you before the court. Because of your record I am going to keep this to the minimum.”
Murray was disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay a fine of £300, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 12 weeks.
She was certified for the drink driving course which would see her ban reduced to one of nine months if completed.