A woman who hit two telegraph poles while driving after drinking wine has been disqualified for 16 months at Fermanagh Magistrates Court.

Ruth Kelly of Inver Road, Magheraveely, Newtownbutler was found guilty of driving with excess alcohol in breath and driving without due care and attention.

The court heard how on August 18, 2018 at 12.40am a Ford Mondeo was driving along the Dernawilt Road, Rosslea when it left the road and hit two telegraph poles before coming to rest.

When police arrived at the scene they spoke to the defendant who admitted the car was hers. Ms. Kelly told the police how she had drank two glasses of wine that evening. A preliminary test was taken which came back positive.

The 52 year old was taken to a police station where a further evidential reading of 74mg in 100ml of breath was recorded.

A solicitor for Ms. Kelly told the court his client had lived in England for a number of years and had returned to become a full time carer for her mother. He added how Ms. Kelly made a full admission and accepted that the alcohol consumed considerably affected her ability to drive.

He asked the court to take into consideration his client's early plea and full admissions. He added that his client was aware of the inevitability of disqualification and asked that she be registered for a drink driving course.

In sentencing Ms. Kelly, Judge Renahan stated he had to take into account the high reading which was over twice the legal limit.

He imposed a 16 month disqualification which will be reduced on the completion of a certified drink driving course. There was also a fine of £150 handed down.