Driver was slumped over wheel
Five times the legal limit
A horrified motorist phoned police after spotting a woman driving on the A82 while slumped over the wheel.
Officers later tracked down first offender Mandy McDonald, 29, where she was found five times the legal limit and with an empty bottle of wine in her car.
A man and a woman were travelling along the dual carriageway towards Lomondgate at 6.30pm on September 11 when they noticed McDonald’s Peugeot in front of them.
At Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week Craig Wainwright, fiscal depute, said: “It was driving in an erratic manner over the white lines on the road.
“It caused a queue of cars behind. At traffic lights the car kept moving forwards slowly over the white line.”
The witness sounded his horn at McDonald and noticed her slumped over the wheel.
Mr Wainwright said: “They contacted the police as they were concerned the accused was under the influence of alcohol.
“When they looked back they saw the accused was swerving over the white line and hit a kerb several times.”
Police went to McDonald’s home and knocked on the front door.
Mr Wainwright continued: Officers detected a strong smell of alcohol. They noted that her eyes were glazed. She stumbled on stepping back into her home.”
She admitted she had been driving.
McDonald failed a subsequent breath test and was taken to Clydebank Police Station. She told police: “I’m happy to take responsibility. My job is dependent on being able to drive.”
McDonald, of Steele Crescent, admitted driving with 126 microgrammes of alcohol in her breath. The limit is 22.
Lauren Kerr, defending, said: “She has never been before the courts before. She has had her licence for 10 and a half years.
“She had been having a tough time in relation to her financial matters and that displayed in her mental health.
“She is remorseful and embarrassed about it.
“She has been able to retain her employment but she has significant travel as she relies on public transport.”
Sheriff John Hamilton fined McDonald £600 and banned her from driving for 22 months.
He also gave her the option of attending a driving course which will reduce her disqualification by three months.
She is remorseful and embarrassed