Drink-driver’s two-year ban

A woman who crashed her car while more than three times the legal alcohol limit has been banned from the road for two years.

Gemma Armstrong, 27, of Hislop Gardens, appeared at Jedburgh Sheriff Court where she pleaded guilty to drink-driving on the A7 in Hawick on August 6.

Tessa Bradley, prosecuting, told the court that shortly after 8pm a witness was driving into Hawick on the A7 when they encountered a Seat Ibiza entering the road northbound from Guthrie Drive. “Almost immediately the car appeared to lose control,” said Ms Bradley. “It mounted the northbound berth and landed on the grass verge. The witness then flagged down a police vehicle and described what had happened.

“Police officers arrived on the scene where they saw the accused come from the driver’s seat and a road side breath test proved positive.”

Defence lawyer Rory Bannerman described how a period of disqualification would effect his client as she worked shifts in Selkirk.

He said: “This is solely down to her error. She had been out with friends at a pub with no intention to drive. The weather was inclement and they could not get a taxi. It was a mile from the public house to her home and the accident happened about 150 yards from her home.”

Sheriff Donald Corke told Armstrong: “You could have killed yourself and your passengers and other road users.” He imposed a two-year ban due to the high alcohol reading of 105 microgrammes – the legal limit being 35.

In addition, she was fined £400.