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‘Clearly she can’t drive’ judge slams after woman crashes into hedge

A Lurgan woman who a judge claimed “clearly can’t drive” has had three penalty points placed on her licence.

The 28-year-old, of Toberhewny Hall, pleaded guilty at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday to driving without due care and attention.

The incident occurred on November 26 of 2016, when police were called to a single car collision on the Ballygargan Road, Portadown.

Officers responded to the report that a Hyundai Tucson had skidded into a hedge.

The driver of the car identified themselves as the defendant and it was noted that there were two passengers in the vehicle.

Court heard the woman was taken to hospital for treatment and asked to produce her driving documents after that.

Defence counsel stated that the defendant had simply lost control of the car and skidded into a hedge.

They added that she had one previous driving offence of no insurance dating back to 2014 for which she was disqualified for six months.

It was also heard that the defendant was a single mother of three young children.

District Judge Bernie Kelly commented “clearly she can’t drive” as she read from the interview the defendant gave to police in which she told them “I took my foot off the accelerator and held on to the steering wheel as hard as I could”.

Judge Kelly continued by saying “did she think she could stop it like the reigns of a horse”, adding that “if that is how she learned to drive she should not be on the road”.

The defendant had three penalty points placed on her licence and was ordered to pay a fine of £75, along with the offender’s levy of £15 within eight weeks.

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