A woman who ran a red light was found to be more than four times over the legal alcohol limit. Jessie Patricia O'Keefe was stopped by police on February 6 after running the light on Dublin St. A blood test found she had 220mg of alcohol in her system. The legal limit is 50mg.

O'Keefe told police she "just wanted to go home", police prosecutor Sergeant Rachel Willemsen told Whanganui District Court on Tuesday. O'Keefe pleaded guilty to driving with excess blood alcohol, while disqualified, and failing to stop for red and blue flashing lights.

Judge David Cameron remanded her to April 1 for sentencing.