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Ross care home staff noticed visitor was unsteady on her feet, Highland court is told


By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Gary Aitken assessed Patience a suitable candidate for the drink-drive rehabilitation scheme.
Sheriff Gary Aitken assessed Patience a suitable candidate for the drink-drive rehabilitation scheme.

A 57-year-old Inverness woman drove to a Ross-shire care home to visit her father while almost four times the legal limit.

At Inverness Sheriff Court, Isobel Patience of Burn Brae admitted driving with excess alcohol on the A834 at Fodderty between Dingwall and Contin on April 6 this year.

Fiscal depute David Morton told the court that when she arrived at the care home about 3pm, staff were concerned because she was unsteady on her feet and suspected she had been drink-driving.

Police were informed and her reading was 73mcgs of alcohol in her system. The limit is 22mcgs.

Patience was fined £640 and banned from driving for a year.

Sheriff Gary Aitken certified her as suitable for the drink drive rehabilitation scheme which will earn Patience a12-week discount in her disqualification if she passes it.



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