Off the road for 70 weeks

Strathearn Herald - - NEWS -

A Strath woman was found ly­ing drunk on the sofa in her liv­ing room after po­lice were alerted she had driven off in her car to get more booze.

Of­fi­cers on pa­trol were given de­tails of the ve­hi­cle and a search was made of the main street in Auchter­arder, along with the lo­cal branch of the Co-op su­per­mar­ket and other shops.

But that proved fruitless, Perth Sher­iff Court was told.

In the mean­time, 46-year-old Donna Dixon, of St Serf’s Place, Auchter­arder, had re­turned home with two small bot­tles which her hus­band sus­pected con­tained vodka.

“He poured them down the sink,” de­pute fis­cal Bill Ker­mode told Perth Sher­iff Court.

He then con­tacted the po­lice and told them his wife had re­turned home.

She was asked to pro­vide a breath test but when she was taken to Perth Po­lice HQ, she failed to pro­vide a breath sam­ple for anal­y­sis.

Her re­fusal proved costly when she was fined £1080 - and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 70 weeks.

She ad­mit­ted fail­ing, with­out rea­son­able ex­cuse, to pro­vide the breath spec­i­mens at the Bar­rack Street po­lice of­fice on Au­gust 13 last year.

When po­lice ar­rived at Dixon’s home around 4.30pm, they dis­cov­ered the front brakes on the car were“still warm.”

She was traced ly­ing on the sofa and was de­scribed as“heav­ily in­tox­i­cated.”

So­lic­i­tor Pauline Culler­ton said she had ex­pe­ri­enced re­cent dif­fi­cul­ties and had turned to al­co­hol.

“She has now re­alised, as a re­sult of this of­fence, that can’t con­tinue and has been re­ferred to the Tay­side Coun­cil on Al­co­hol.”

She was will­ing to get as­sis­tance from them.

Im­pos­ing the fine and ban, Sher­iff Wil­liam Wood told her:“I have to take ac­count of your per­sis­tence in go­ing out to get more al­co­hol which was an ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tor.”

She was given 28 days to pay the fine.

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