DRIVING while drunk on the approach to Maybole has landed a Motherwell woman with a £400 fine and driving disqualification.
Helen Storrie, 59, of Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and refusing a breath test when she appeared before Ayr Sheriff Court on Monday.
Fiscal Karen McGuigan told the court how, on November 14, Mrs Storrie been stopped by police on the A77 near Maybole after officers observed her vehicle weaving across the road and suspected she had been drinking.
When the officers conveyed what they had seen to Mrs Storrie she said: “I am not surprised because I have had a drink.”
The court heard how, when asked to take a seat in the police vehicle, Mrs Storrie stumbled and fell to the ground, before failing to comply when told she must take a breath test.
Defence solicitor Lauren Fowler told the court Mrs Storrie was on her way to visit a friend whose husband had recently died of a heart attack, and had decided to drive in order to console her. She claimed her client has refused the breath test because she felt sick.
Sheriff John Montgomery handed Mrs Storrie a £400 fine, and decided to disqualify her from driving for one year despite the decision coming down to his own discretion.
“By your own admission you had been drinking and should not therefore have been driving and causing danger to yourself and others,” he said.