A woman who told police she thought she had Covid-19 symptoms when she was arrested has been convicted of drink-driving.

Yvonne Marie Cowin provided a sample of urine which produced a result of 157. The legal limit is 107.

The 44-year-old will be sentenced in summary court on September 17 after a probation report has been completed.

Prosecuting advocate Rebecca Cubbon told the court that Cowin was driving a Ford Focus at Ballacraine, heading towards Douglas, on March 22 at 7.12pm.

Police on patrol witnessed her swerving across the centre line of the road and followed her.

She was pulled over at Greeba and struck the pavement before stopping.

Cowin, who lives in Castle Street, Peel, was said to be slurring her words and officers said there was a strong smell of perfume as if she had just sprayed it.

At police headquarters she was unable to provide a sample of breath and told police that she thought she had Covid-19 symptoms.

It was not possible to take blood from her due to medical reasons so a sample of urine was taken.

This was analysed and an expert report said that, at the time of driving, Cowin’s result would have been not less than 157 milligrams per 100 millitres of urine.

The court heard that she has a previous conviction in 2016 for a similar offence.

Defence advocate Peter Taylor asked for a probation report to be prepared, with input from mental health services as he said Cowin had been receiving treatment.

High Bailiff Jayne Hughes ordered that the probation report consider all options, including custody.

Bail continues with a condition that Cowin contacts probation.