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Pensioner has driving ban ended after 'learning from her mistake'

Anna Parsons was handed five-year ban in 2016

A pensioner has had her driving ban cut after a court heard she'd learned from her mistake and now wanted to care for others.

Seventy-two-year-old Anna Parsons of Ballachrink Drive in Onchan appeared before magistrates at Douglas courthouse.

She applied to have her driving licence restored after being given a five-year ban in 2016 for failing to provide a sample of breath.

Prosecution advocate Barry Swain said on 31 July that year, witnesses saw her driving her Mitsubishi Colt erratically through Ramsey town centre before parking at Shoprite on Bowring Road.

When she got out of the car, shoppers noted she was unsteady on her feet, was slurring her words and had glazed eyes.

They called police, who arrested her - at police headquarters she wouldn't complete the breath testing procedure and was later convicted and banned.

Her advocate Steve Wood said his client was a Christian woman who had learned from her mistake and now wanted her licence again so she could care for others.

Magistrates said they'd end her driving ban with immediate effect but she would still have to pass her extended driving test to drive legally.

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