A woman has been banned from the road after police found her almost five times over the legal alcohol limit – and with a knife next to her gear stick.
Jennifer Thomson was seen by members of the public behind the wheel of a car at around 10pm on Thursday on Kendal Road, Kemnay.
The 42-year-old appeared from custody at Aberdeen Sheriff Court where she was described as a recovering alcoholic who “fell off the wagon spectacularly”.
Fiscal depute Stuart Wright told the court a member of the public spotted a stationary vehicle with no lights or hazards on.
Thomson was then seen to exit the driver’s seat and stumble, appearing to be under the influence of alcohol.
Police were contacted but before they arrived Thomson began to shout aggressively at the member of the public saying: “What have I done to you? I haven’t damaged your car”.
Mr Wright said Thomson stumbled off and members of the public saw a six to eight-inch blade next to the gear stick.
Police later attended Thomson’s home where she identified herself as the driver and gave a positive breath sample. She also told officers: “This is rubbish.” Thomson pleaded guilty to driving with 108 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 22.
She also admitted possessing a knife in a public place.
Stuart Beveridge, Thomson’s solicitor, said his client had been a recovering alcoholic.
He said: “This is a fairly spectacular relapse. She went to her friend’s house two minutes away. She can’t explain why she took the car.”
Mr Beveridge said Thomson had consumed at least two bottles of wine. He added: “She’s been sober for four months and unfortunately fell off the wagon spectacularly.”
Mr Beveridge said Thomson had the knife to open parcels on a previous occasion and had left it in the car.
Sheriff Margaret Hodge disqualified Thomson, whose address was given in court papers as Stuart Crescent, Kemnay, from driving for 15 months. She also fined Thomson £300 for the drink-driving offence and £100 for the possession of the knife.