Dunbar care worker on drink driving charge

Haddington Sheriff Court

Haddington Sheriff Court

A care home worker was caught drink driving after a work colleague contacted police.

Susan Watt (45) was leaving work in Dunbar to make the short journey home to Thurston but was suspected of being over the legal limit by a workmate, who followed her.

Police arrived at Watt’s home a short time later, where she admitted to driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Watt, of Glen Cottage, Thurston, Dunbar, admitted to driving between East Links Road, Dunbar, and Innerwick, while having 92mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, during an appearance at Haddington Sheriff Court on Wednesday. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Depute fiscal Kirsty Anderson told the court the witness saw Watt leaving work around 8pm on 20 March this year, and that she had to drive approximately three miles, including on the busy A1, to get home.

Solicitor Angela Craig said her client had “a longstanding alcohol problem” but is now seeking professional help.

Sheriff Simon Collins banned Watt from the road for 187 weeks, and placed her on an offenders’ supervision requirement for 12 months.


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