Woman loses li­cence for two years af­ter drink-driv­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

A 46-YEAR- OLD woman is bat­tling her al­co­hol ad­dic­tion, Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court heard on Fri­day.

Sharon Ker­shaw, of Ca­mus Fearna, Glen­bor­ro­dale, has co- op­er­ated fully with po­lice, so­cial ser­vices and med­i­cal staff and will be un­der tak­ing treat­ment.

Ker­shaw had ad­mit­ted drink- driv­ing on Novem­ber 23 last year, on the B8007 near her home, and other of­fences at her home on Jan­uary 13 this year when she dam­aged property and ob­structed and hin­dered the po­lice by strug­gling with them.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Martina East­wood said Ker­shaw’s car had been in the path of an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle and they col­lided head- on. ‘ She got out of the car and walked off to her par­ents’ home ad­dress nearby,’ said the fis­cal. ‘An hour later the am­bu­lance was con­tacted and she was taken to hospi­tal in Fort Wil­liam.’

In the mean­time, the driver of the other car had con­tacted the po­lice and of­fi­cers traced Ker­shaw to hospi­tal where she was given the stan­dard road-side breath test, failed this and gave a sam­ple of blood.

This showed 94 mil­ligrammes of al­co­hol per 100 millil­itres of blood; the limit in Scot­land is 50.

The other of­fences oc­curred when Ker­shaw was re­fused drink from a locked drinks cabi­net in her par­ents’ home, be­came ag­i­tated and went to leave, kick­ing out a glass panel in the win­dow of a log-burn­ing stove as she left. Po­lice were called and the other in­ci­dent oc­curred.

Ker­shaw’s de­fence agent said she ‘suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant al­co­hol ad­dic­tion prob­lems’ and had been med­i­cally di­ag­nosed ‘hav­ing an is­sue with binge drink­ing’. ‘She is co oper­at­ing and she needs pro­fes­sional help.’ Sher­iff Eilidh MacDon­ald banned Ker­shaw from driv­ing for two years and fined her £240 and for the other of­fences she was placed on a com­mu­nity pay back or­der, one of the con­di­tions be­ing one year’s su­per­vi­sion by the so­cial work depart­ment.

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