A blood test confirmed that a woman had drugs in her system while she was driving a car, Banbridge Magistrates Court heard last Thursday.
Paula McCartan (30), Windmill Heights, Newry, was fined £150, ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy and banned for 12 months for driving while unfit on October 17 last year.
For unlawful possession of cocaine on the same date she was fined £150 and for possession of cannabis a £100 fine was imposed.
The court heard that at 12.18am police saw a car begin to move slowly back towards them in the car park of Friar Tuck’s in Banbridge.
When the driver’s door was open there was a strong smell of cannabis from inside the vehicle. McCartan handed over a rolled up cigarette which she said was a joint she had been smoking.
A small bag of cannabis and a small bag of cannabis were also found.
Another wrap of cocaine was found in her purse.
A blood sample confirmed there were drugs in her system.
The drugs were for her personal use.
She had a previous caution for possession of a class B drug in 2013.
A barrister representing McCartan said she admitted to being a cannabis user but this had been a wake up call for her and she will desist in engaging in drugs.