Haddington driver found slumped at wheel in the road

Haddington Sheriff Court

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A Haddington woman was found slumped unconscious in her car after she had drunk too much.

Caitlin Clutton was discovered by police officers following a call from a concerned member of the public. The woman’s car was parked in the middle of a country road with the engine still running, the headlights on full beam and the driver’s door wide open.

Clutton, of Easter Dunkeld, Whittinghame, Haddington, made the “foolish decision” to drive her vehicle home after having an argument with friends, who she was meant to be staying the night with.

Depute procurator fiscal Calum Darling told Haddington Sheriff Court Clutton was found “slumped over the steering wheel” by police officers in the early hours of June 3 last year. Mr Darling added that Clutton “appeared to be asleep” and that “vomit was on the side of the road beside the driver’s door”.

He added the woman smelled of alcohol when the officers roused her and she began to explain what had happened. The court was told Clutton, a care worker, was a first offender and that she had drunk four glasses of wine and some beers before jumping into her car to head home.

Solicitor Angela Craig said her client had been “plagued by depression” in her school and university years and had no intention of driving that evening, until the argument changed her mind. Ms Craig said Clutton would lose her current employment as a result of her drunk driving, but that she would benefit from taking part in the Vernon Mansfield drink driving rehabilitation scheme. Clutton (24) admitted driving a vehicle with 181 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood at Rentonhall, Haddington, on June 3 2013. The legal limit is 80 milligrammes of alcohol.

Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen banned Clutton from the road for 24 months and fined her £500.

The sheriff also allowed Clutton to take part in the drivers’ rehabilitation scheme, which, if successfully completed, will see four months reduced from her driving ban.

More stories from Haddington Sheriff Court in this week’s East Lothian News, on sale now.

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