‘Intoxicated’ woman found behind the wheel of crashed car minutes after being driven home by police

The woman was involved in a collision just 15 minutes after being was dropped home by police
-Credit: (Image: Police Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon)


An “intoxicated” woman was found behind the wheel of a crashed car just minutes after being driven home by police officers in Co Armagh.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, officers were on patrol in the Portadown area when they came across an "intoxicated lone female" walking home. Concerned for her safety, the officers offered her a lift home and ensured she got in through her front door safely.

But not 15 minutes later officers found themselves responding to an emergency call after a report of a road traffic collision.

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Posting on the Police Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Facebook page, a PSNI spokesperson said: "Upon arrival at the scene they came across the same intoxicated female they had left home who had decided to go for a late night drive and ended up involved in a collision with another vehicle.

"A preliminary breath test was conducted with a reading of 114!! Over three times the drink drive limit! Thankfully on this occasion, no one was seriously injured. But the female then found herself in police custody and will have her day in court.

"We cannot stress the message enough. Never EVER drink and drive. Or this could be the consequences of your actions. If you ever find yourself in a position where you are considering getting behind the wheel of a car after a few drinks think about this. Could you live with the guilt if you seriously hurt or kill someone else using the road?"

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