SOZZLED TEACHER SIX TIMES OVER THE LIMIT AT SCHOOL

Woman, 52, ad­mits drink- driv­ing af­ter po­lice called

Ayrshire Post - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Hil­ley

A teacher was caught drink- driv­ing while six times over the limit at school this week.

Boozed- up Kris­tine Gille­spie, 52, was be­hind the wheel of her car at Bel­mont Acad­emy where she works on Mon­day at 11.37am.

A con­cerned wit­ness re­ported the home eco­nomics teacher to the po­lice who stopped her ve­hi­cle a short time later be­fore ar­rest­ing her.

One par­ent said: “She could have knocked down a pupil.”

A well- known teacher was caught drink driv­ing while six times over the limit at school this week.

Boozed- up Kris­tine Gille­spie, 52, was steer­ing her ve­hi­cle at Bel­mont Acad­emy where she works on Mon­day at 11.37am.

A con­cerned wit­ness re­ported the home eco­nomics teacher to the po­lice who stopped and ar­rested her shortly af­ter­wards.

Of­fi­cers con­ducted a breathal­yser test, which re­vealed her booze level was through the roof at 132 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of breath. The read­ing was ex­actly six times the le­gal al­lowance of 22 mi­cro­grammes.

A wor­ried par­ent said: “She could have knocked down a pupil.”

The mum- of- two ad­mit­ted she had been drink driv­ing be­hind the wheel when she ap­peared at Ayr Sher­iff Court on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Gille­spie, of Hawthorn Drive, Ayr, is now banned from driv­ing and was re­leased on bail un­til her next court ap­pear­ance.

A crim­i­nal jus­tice so­cial work re­port has been or­dered on her back­ground.

She will learn her pun­ish­ment next month.

A po­lice spokesman said: “Po­lice were no­ti­fied that a fe­male was be­lieved to be driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

“A 52- year- old woman was traced, pro­vided a spec­i­men for breath anal­y­sis and was charged.”

South Ayr­shire Coun­cil bosses have not con­firmed whether Gille­spie has been sus­pended or not af­ter be­ing con­tacted by the Post but said staff should be aware of “per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

Coun­cil boss Va­lerie An­drews said: “We do not com­ment on in­di­vid­ual cases and will not di­vulge per­sonal de­tails for data pro­tec­tion rea­sons.

“The health and well­be­ing of our staff is a pri­or­ity, and man­agers and su­per­vi­sors have been trained to of­fer prac­ti­cal as­sis­tance and sup­port to help em­ploy­ees dur­ing dif­fi­cult times.

“Set pro­ce­dures are in place for all em­ploy­ees and we will fol­low the ap­pro­pri­ate steps should spe­cific cir­cum­stances merit fur­ther ac­tion.

“We also of­fer a range of coun­selling and wel­fare ser­vices for em­ploy­ees and as part of this process we ex­pect staff to be aware of their per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and to re­spond ac­cord­ingly if a sit­u­a­tion is iden­ti­fied.”

Gille­spie pled guilty to driv­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle af­ter con­sum­ing so much al­co­hol that the pro­por­tion of it in her breath was 132 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of breath at Bel­mont Acad­emy, Nurs­ery Road.

sen­tence Await­ing guilty pled Kris­tine Gille­spie

Ar­rested Kris­tine Gille­spie

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