Woman gets ban after being found over limit

Following an argument with her partner, Emma McWatters went to her car, intending to sleep there.

Police found her in the driver’s seat, wearing her seat belt, and the car engine running.

McWatters, 21, of Fisher Avenue, admitted being in charge of a car in Dovemount Place, on March 25, with a breath/alcohol reading of 43 mcgs – the legal limit being 35

“At 12.45 am, police on uniform patrol received information that a female was sitting in a car,” explained procurator fiscal Morag McLintock.

“They found her in the driver’s seat, with her seat belt on, and the engine running, and they could smell alcohol,” added Ms McLintock.

Defence lawyer Alison Marshall told Jedburgh Sheriff Court her client, a first offender, had been celebrating a friend’s engagement.

“She had a few drinks, then had an argument with her partner, and went to the car, intending to sleep there,” explained Miss Marshall.

“She had the engine running to keep warm,” she added.

The solicitor said McWatters, who works in the knitwear industry, had not drunk alcohol since.

“There is discretion over whether or not to disqualify from driving, and I would ask you not to,” added Miss Marshall.

But Sheriff Ian Anderson told McWatters: “The court has to take very seriously the fact that you were in a car and over the limit, and I feel disqualification is appropriate.”

McWatters was fined £300 and banned from driving for 12 months.