A woman whose car was seen to be driving erratically was said to be showing off to her friends.

It turned out that Kelly Louise Begley, 30, was over the drink drive limit.

Begley had a previous conviction dating back to 2007 for dangerous driving, Flintshire magistrates’ court at Mold was told.

Begley, of Westminster Road in Broughton, admitted driving with 42 microgrammes of alcohol in her breath compared to the legal limit of 35, and careless driving, following the incident on August 28.

She was fined £300, banned from driving for a year and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson said that at 11.30pm that night, CCTV operators saw a Kia Sportage being driven erratically in the Connah’s Quay area.

It was registered to an engineering company, police were dispatched and found the vehicle parked in Englefield Avenue with its lights on and the engine running.

The defendant had three passengers, she provided a positive breath test and later blew a reading of 42 microgrammes at the police station.

The CCTV evidence was reviewed and she was seen to get into the car outside The Boathouse, drove at speed in Mold Road, did not slow down for pedestrians or cyclists and drove around a mini roundabout at speed.

Interviewed, she said she had two and a half pints of cider, agreed she had been careless and said she had been showing off to her friends.

The prosecutor said that Begley had a conviction for dangerous driving back in 2007 when she was disqualified from driving for four years and given 12 months custody.

It was alleged on that occasion that she had been racing with another vehicle, which hit a pedestrian causing life-threatening injuries.

Begley, who initially denied the latest offences but then changed her pleas, represented herself but said she did not wish to present any mitigation.

District Judge Gwyn Jones said she had been extremely foolish. She had driven the car over the limit and had been showing off a little but too much.

But she had admitted being the driver and that the standard of driving fell below that which would be expected.