Port Seton woman arrested after drink-driving tip-off
A Port Seton woman was arrested for drink driving after police officers received a tip-off, Haddington Sheriff Court heard last week.
Bridget Hunnam claimed she had not had a drink since the early hours of the morning when she was stopped in the late afternoon.
Hunnam, 9 Bayview, was fined £300 and banned from driving for 12 months when she appeared before Sheriff Peter Braid on Wednesday.
She admitted driving with excess alcohol in West Harbour Road, Cockenzie, on February 8.
Depute Fiscal Alison Innes said it was about 5.30pm when a call was made to the force control centre indicating that the accused was driving under the influence of alcohol.
Officers observed her vehicle in Cockenzie and the accused was asked to stop.
“They spoke to her and she smelled strongly of alcohol. She said she last had drink at 1am that morning,” said the fiscal.
When tested, the accused was found to have 57 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35 microgrammes.
Defence agent Sarah O’Gallagher said her client’s last drink could have been around 3am to 4am and she had simply misjudged the impact the alcohol would have on her ability to drive.
She said Hunnam was “very embarrassed” to be appearing in court, given her “complete misjudgement” and her lack of previous offending of this nature.
The court the accused had been convicted for social security fraud in 2009, but had no previous road traffic convictions.
Sheriff Braid reduced the fine from £375 and the ban from 15 months to reflect her early plea of guilty.
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