Drunk health worker banned

Selkirk Sheriff Court
Selkirk Sheriff Court

A health worker who admitted driving while almost four times the legal alcohol limit has been banned from driving for four years and fined £1,000.

Wendy Ker pleaded guilty to the offence which happened at the entrance to Wilton Lodge Park on the evening of Monday, May 5.

Selkirk Sheriff Court was told that the 46-year-old – who works as a health care support worker at the Community Hospital – had been attempting a three-point turn in Buccleuch Road and her silver Peugeot 307 had stopped in the middle of the road around 4.40p.m.

A concerned passer-by approached the vehicle and found her alone in the vehicle with music playing loudly and he turned the engine
off and asked if she was alright.

The man suspected she might be diabetic and was having a hypo attack so he called an ambulance.

However, paramedics who were called to the scene carried out a test which established she was not diabetic and she confirmed she had been drinking.

Police officers carried out a roadside breath test which proved positive.

The lowest reading taken at the police station gave a reading of 128 microgrammes – the legal limit being 35.

Defence lawyer Mat Patrick said the mother-of-one’s 17-year marriage had broken down because of her drink problem and he added that Ker was unsure what impact the offence would have on her job as she had a similar previous conviction.