Sher­iff bans woman who drove while four times al­co­hol limit

Evening Express (City Final) - - Scotland Today - By Danny McKay

A WOMAN has ad­mit­ted driv­ing while more than four times over the le­gal al­co­hol limit.

Karina Kar­manova, 22, ap­peared at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day where she de­clined the chance to speak to a solic­i­tor and pleaded guilty to drink driv­ing.

The court heard she had an al­co­hol read­ing of 89 mi­cro­grammes in 100 millil­itres of breath when the le­gal limit is 22mcgs.

The of­fence hap­pened on Septem­ber 20 on Grand­holm Bridge, Wood­side Trail, in Bridge of Don.

Fis­cal de­pute Karen Dow told the court Kar­manova, whose ad­dress was given in court pa­pers as Manor Walk, Aberdeen, had had her ve­hi­cle en­gine switched off.

She added: “On see­ing the po­lice ve­hi­cle the ac­cused switched on the en­gine and be­gan to drive to­wards the front of the po­lice ve­hi­cle.”

Kar­manova said: “My en­gine wasn’t off.

“I was just try­ing to re­verse back so the po­lice could get through.

“In­stead of go­ing into re­verse I went into first gear so that’s why it slightly leapt to­wards the po­lice car.”

Sher­iff Gra­ham Buchanan said: “How did you come to be driv­ing the car at all with this amount of al­co­hol in your sys­tem?”

Kar­manova, who al­ready had four points on her li­cence from a pre­vi­ous speed­ing of­fence, replied that she did not know.

Sher­iff Buchanan or­dered Kar­manova to pay a fine of £600, at £50 per month.

She was also dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for a pe­riod of 16 months, which could be re­duced to 12 months on com­ple­tion of a drink-drive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion course.

Mean­while, a 34-year-old man also ap­peared at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day and ad­mit­ted driv­ing while more than three times the le­gal limit.

Luke Kil­dare, whose ad­dress was given in court pa­pers as King Ed­ward, near Banff, pleaded guilty to driv­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle with 69 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of breath.

The of­fence, on Aberdeen’s Com­merce Street, took place on Septem­ber 20.

Kil­dare’s solic­i­tor told the court: “He very much ap­pre­ci­ates that drink driv­ing is a very se­ri­ous of­fence and he is ex­tremely re­morse­ful.

“He made a fool­ish de­ci­sion to move his ve­hi­cle be­cause he was con­cerned as to where it was parked.”

Sher­iff Buchanan or­dered Kil­dare to pay a £475 fine at £40 per month and dis­qual­i­fied him from driv­ing for 16 months, which could be re­duced to 12 months with the com­ple­tion of a drink-drive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion course.

I was try­ing to re­verse so the po­lice could get through

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