33-year-old given unpaid work order and 14-month ban for drink-driving in Peebles

A woman has been banned from the road for 14 months after causing an accident while five times the legal alcohol limit for driving.

By Court Reporter
Thursday, 13th August 2020, 10:45 am
Updated Thursday, 13th August 2020, 11:15 am
Selkirk Sheriff Court.
Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Malgorzata Piszczynska, 33, of Kingsmeadows Road in Peebles, pleaded guilty to driving with a breath-alcohol count of 110 microgrammes, the legal limit being 22.

That offence was committed in Elcho Street Brae in Peebles on June 3.

Depute fiscal Fiona Hamilton told Selkirk Sheriff Court that a witness heard a loud bang outside his home at about 9.50pm that day and went outside to see a car at an angle across the road after colliding with another vehicle, leaving it damaged.

The accused had suffered an abrasion to her head in that collision but said she was fine.

Ms Hamilton said: “The accused attempted to move the car but could not move it because of the damage.

“She said she wanted to go home and that she she would pay for the damage and not to phone the police, but the witness called the police and waited with her until they arrived.”

Defence lawyer Mat Patrick explained that his client, a carer, worked night shifts and had trouble sleeping.

She had been taking prescribed tablets but did not remember drinking alcohol, he said, adding: “The reading is high, but it is her first offence.

“She realises the seriousness of the situation and that she could have hurt somebody.”

Sheriff Peter Paterson said, because it was such a high reading, the starting point for disqualification would usually be 21 months but, taking into account Piszczynska’s guilty plea, he could cut it to 14.

She was also ordered to carry out 70 hours’ unpaid work as an alternative to a fine.