Jail for Belfast drink driver who caused head-on collision

By Gary Adair

A Northern Ireland woman has been given a 9 month jail sentence by Belfast Crown Court after causing a head-on collision while drink driving.

Briege O'Hara, aged 61 from Belfast, was said to be on her way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting when she crashed head-on into a male driver said to be in his mid 60s. She was driving on the wrong side of the road and it is understood that the other driver had no way to avoid the collision. He broke his sternum and left hand in the accident, and the court heard that he had lost his job as a result.

Ms O'Hara was arrested and was found to be over the drink-drive limit. She said she had no recollection of the accident, having taken a mixture of alcohol and Diazepam before getting behind the wheel. She pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving. She was sentenced to 18 months, though only 9 months will be spent in prison, with the remaining time to be spent on supervised licence. She was also disqualified from driving for 3 years.

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