Mum on drugs drove car with two children in the back
A Co Donegal mother who admitted driving her car erratically around Londonderry while "spaced out" on drugs and with her two children in the back seat has been fined £500.
Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer told Jayne Gallagher from Crawford Square in Moville she was a danger not only to other road users but also to her two young children.
A solicitor for the Public Prosecution Service told the Bishop Street Magistrates Court that two members of the public contacted the police on the evening of last November 20 to report a car being driven erratically in the Foyle Road and Strand Road areas.
The car pulled into a McDonald's takeaway in Strand Road. Staff members there contacted police to say that the driver appeared to be "spaced out" and her rear bumper was hanging off.
When police arrived they asked Gallagher to get out of the car because of the presence of her two children. They saw Gallagher's partner in the front passenger seat also heavily under the influence of drugs.
When Gallagher got out of her car she was unsteady on her feet and her speech was slurred. She failed an impairment test for drugs and was arrested. It was later found she had high levels of controlled drugs in her system.
Gallagher was also disqualified from driving for a year.