A woman has been fined and banned from the road after getting behind the wheel to visit her mum in a nursing home while more than six times the limit.
Angela Connell, 47, had been trying to visit her mother at an old folks’ home in Alford but was spotted by a nurse who thought she seemed drunk and then saw her drive away.
Depute fiscal Anna Chisholm said: “The accused was within (the home) outwith the normal visiting hours at around 6.20am. A staff nurse there observed her.
“She claimed to be visiting her mother, however the nurse observed the accused appeared unsteady on her feet, smelling strongly of alcohol.”
She added Connell was also holding car keys which “caused the nurse to be concerned”.
The incident happened on June 3.
Ms Chisholm added: “She observed the accused get into her car and drive off.”
Police were contacted and traced the vehicle at Connell’s home address with the bonnet and exhaust “still warm”.
Connell answered the door to police and accepted she had been driving but said she had not had anything to drink in the last 24 hours.
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She was arrested and later provided the reading in the charge.
Connell previously pled guilty to driving with 131 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 22mcg.
Defence agent Liam McAllister said: “She fully accepted that this was the most ridiculous decision she had ever made in her adult life.”
He added his client had been suffering personal and family issues and a “build up of pressure” and had “turned to alcohol to assist with that”.
Mr McAllister continued: “She’s never committed a crime in her life. To say that she is remorseful and ashamed is a complete understatement.”
He added his client had driven around two miles from the home to her address, given in court papers as Muir of Greystone, Alford.
Sheriff Graham Buchanan told Connell: “This is a very high reading indeed.”
As “a direct alternative to prison”, he ordered her to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work within 12 months and disqualified her from driving for two years.