Cardrona drink-driver banned for being more than five times limit

The A72 near Cardrona.
The A72 near Cardrona.

A woman has been banned from the road for 16 months at Selkirk Sheriff Court after admitting driving while more than five times the legal alcohol limit.

Julie Dennison, 53, had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to driving with a breath-alcohol count of 113 microgrammes, the legal limit being 22, on the A72 Galashiels-Hamilton road between Cardrona and Innerleithen on Monday, June 3, and was back for sentencing after reports.

She also admitted a dangerous driving charge.

Depute fiscal Mark Keane explained that the incident began at around 11.40am when a couple travelling eastwards along the A72 came up behind the accused’s car.

He said: “She was driving very slowly and was swerving into the other lane and back and hitting a grass verge.

“The driver of the car behind felt the safest thing to do was overtake the Peugeot, but the accused became annoyed at this and began to tailgate the other car and was flashing her lights.

“When the driver got into the 30mph zone in Peebles Road, Innerleithen, he pulled over to let the accused past, but she pulled over and got out of the car.

“She appeared to be drunk and unsteady on her feet.

“The police were contacted. The accused attempted to get back into the car but was prevented from doing so.”

Police officers attended at around midday and found Dennison to be under the influence of alcohol.

Defence lawyer Ed Hulme said his client was under a great deal of stress at the time of the offences.

He said she had consumed some alcohol after the incident but accepted she was over the limit at the time of driving.

In addition to a 16-month disqualification, Dennison, of Cardrona, was ordered to carry out 80 hours’ unpaid work in the community.