Driver was slumped over wheel

Five times the le­gal limit

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Court re­porter

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

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