SOZZLED TEACHER SIX TIMES OVER THE LIMIT AT SCHOOL
Woman, 52, admits drink- driving after police called
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.
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Arrested Kristine Gillespie