Drink-drive woman's car ended up on Portstewart seashore rocks
A drink-driver whose mental health was at a "low ebb" deliberately plunged her car onto rocks on a shoreline at a north coast seaside resort, a court heard yesterday.
Stacey Yates admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol in her breath when she appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court.
The court heard Yates (32), of Danes Hill Road, Coleraine, had a reading of 108 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, three times the legal limit.
A prosecution lawyer said police received a report of a car on rocks below the promenade at The Crescent in Portstewart on March 5 this year.
A defence barrister said the defendant was a "lady of good character" who was "totally embarrassed" at what happened. She had long-standing mental health issues. On the day in question she tried to end her medication and at her "lowest ebb" drove onto the rocks in what was a "deliberate action".
District Judge Peter King adjourned sentencing until the end of month, banning Yates from driving in the meantime.