Jail for drunk driver who caused crash on her way to Alcoholics Anonymous meeting
A drunk driver who caused a head-on collision after driving on the wrong side of the road was on her way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at the time.
Mother-of-three Briege O'Hara is starting a nine-month jail term after she caused grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving to another driver.
The 61-year-old, from Belfast's Antrim Road, was driving over the legal limit and was on her way to an AA meeting when she caused the collision near her home on August 27 last year.
O'Hara knew the man she injured and was “entirely remorseful” for what she had done, Belfast Crown Court heard yesterday.
She pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving and also driving with excess alcohol.
The van's driver, a man in his mid 60s, sustained a fractured breast bone and left hand in the collision and lost his job as a delivery driver as a result.
Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland handed O'Hara an 18-month sentence, half of which will be spent in custody, and the remainder on supervised licence.
O'Hara was also banned from driving for three years.