A WOMAN was arrested in County Clare over the weekend under suspicion of driving under the influence after she blocked traffic on the motorway by acting erratically.
Gardaí confirmed they arrested a woman on Friday evening, 25 September "on suspicion of driving under the influence" after she blocked traffic for more than an hour.
As reported by The Irish Times, the incident occurred on the M18 in County Clare, between Newmarket on Fergus and Dromoland, shortly after 5pm.
An eye-witness told the outlet that the woman appeared to be "very intoxicated" and stopped her car in the middle of the motorway before exiting and singing and dancing on the road, blocking the rush-hour traffic from passing.
The woman, aged in her 50s, was singing "republican songs" including 'Come Out Ye Black and Tans', and continued for more than an hour, resulting in a kilometres-long traffic jam on the motorway and in the nearby town of Dromoland as cars tried to avoid the motorway.
"She was singing ‘Come Out Ye Black and Tans’ and dancing around the place," a witness told The Irish Times.
"Then she just lay down in the overtaking lane and refused to get up. She could have been asleep."
Gardaí, National Ambulance Service paramedics and units of the Clare County Fire and Rescue Service were dispatched from Shannon Town, and the scene was eventually cleared more than an hour after the incident began.
The woman in question was arrested at the scene and brought to Shannon Garda Station.