Woman struck wall with her car

A BALLYBRITTAS woman who hit a wall with her car while drunk has been disqualified from driving for six years.

A BALLYBRITTAS woman who hit a wall with her car while drunk has been disqualified from driving for six years.

Ruth Stack, Ballybrittas, Portlaoise, was charged with careless driving and drunken driving, at Belgrove, Ballybrittas, on August 27 last year.

Inspector Michael Walsh told the District Court that the incident happened at 3.30pm on the day, after Stack lost control of her vehicle and hit a wall connected to a house. She was arrested and brought to hospital, where a blood sample revealed 170mg of alcohol. Her licence had just been reinstated on June 1 that year, following a three-year disqualification.

Defence, Mr Declan Breen said his client had left her car at home and gone out for drinks after work on the day, but when she texted her ex-boyfriend and received no response she got distressed and attempted to drive.

“She’s lucky she’s here to tell the tale,” admitted Mr Breen.

Apart from the six-year disqualification, Stack received fines of €150 and €250. Her licence is also to be endorsed.