Job axe fear for teacher
Banned three years after husband reports her to police
An Ayr teacher could lose her job after driving out of her school car park while SIX times over the drink limit.
A sheriff banned Kristine Gillespie and said the Belmont Academy teacher could have been jailed.
A teacher could end up jobless after driving out of her school car park while SIX times over the limit.
A sheriff banned Kristine Gillespie from the road and said the Belmont Academy home economics teacher could have been jailed.
Suspended Gillespie spent a night in the cells after her husband John, who has cancer, reported her for drink driving.
She steered their Nissan Micra out of the high school. John’s call sparked a police search and officers traced the mum to her nearby Ayr home. A breathalyser test showed she was six times the legal allowance, Ayr Sheriff Court heard.
Depute fiscal Jacob Tomnay told the court Gillespie, 52, had separated from her husband of 26 years. John turned up at their Hawthorn Drive home on Monday, September 11 looking for his Micra, which was nowhere to be seen.
He left the house after noticing she was under the influence and went on the hunt for his car, the court heard.
Mr Tomnay said: “He saw Mrs Gillespie making her way to the car park of Belmont Academy and the Nissan Micra car. He said if Mrs Gillespie drove off he would phone the police. She drove off. Mr Gillespie contacted the police.”
When police traced her at the house officers noticed the exhaust pipe of the Micra was still warm.
Mr Tomnay continued: “When officers spoke to her at 12.45pm she told officers she had a bottle of Peroni with her lunch.”
But a breath test revealed she had 132 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal allowance is 22 microgrammes.
Mr Tomnay said when Gillespie was cautioned and charged, she replied: ‘ I didn’t do it.’
Lawyer Jill Molloy, defending Gillespie, said: “At the time of the offence she and her husband has recently separated. It came as a shock to her.”
Ms Molloy said he moved out taking one of their children with him - which Gillespie struggled with.
The lawyer said: “She has a significant alcohol problem. She has been using alcohol to try and cope with matters.”
Ms Molloy contined: “She is currently suspended from employment on full pay. An ongoing disciplinary process is in place. She may lose her employment.”
Sheriff Mactaggart said she was concerned by the “extremely high reading” and Gillespie’s “reluctance” to accept the extent of her “difficulties.”
She told Gillespie: “If you are going to sort out this issue you have to be honest with yourself and the people who are trying to help you.”
And holding back from a jail sentence, the sheriff told her: “without any criticism I could send you into custody” to protect the public.
Gillespie was banned from driving for three years and must undergo 18 months supervision in the community while attending alcohol treatment.
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