A DRINK driving motorist from Bury - caught on the M6 in Cumbria - has been banned from the roads for three years.

Emma Jayne Halligan admitted driving a Range Rover on the M6 in Carlisle on June 23 while over the legal limit for alcohol.

Diane Jackson, prosecuting, said: “At 5.10am an officer on patrol was drawn to the attention of a white Range Rover driven by the defendant.”

Police then tracked the 34-year-old before pulling her over due to her driving after she initially tried to get away.

Tests by officers found she had 81mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 35mg. Halligan appeared before Carlisle magistrates.

Mark Shepherd, defending, said: “The question is whether the alcohol is a symptom of her ongoing mental health condition or alcohol is causing the problems she has.

"She certainly describes herself as vulnerable and suffers from anxiety, depression and psychosis.”

She also admitted driving without a valid licence or insurance and failing to stop. At the time she was subject to a conditional discharge.

Mr Shepherd said Halligan, of Whitefield Road, panicked when she saw police. She was fined £200, told to pay a £35 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.