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Moray drink driver was eight times the limit

By Ali Morrison

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Elgin Sheriff Court.
Elgin Sheriff Court.

A motorist has been banned from driving after she was found to be more than eight times the limit.

Fiscal depute Karen Poke told Elgin Sheriff Court that the offence took place upon the B9015 Mosstodloch to Garmouth road on September 21.

She said: "The witness was driving north at about 6.15pm when a car came up very close behind her.

"She then saw the vehicle drop right back and start to go very slowly. It was swerving all over the road."

Ms Poke stated that the car came to a stop outside a riding school.

The witness got out and saw Claire Watt behind the wheel.

She was described as smelling of alcohol and slurring her words.

The police were called and arrived at the scene at 6.50pm.

A breath test recorded a reading of 180, compared to the legal limit of 22.

Defence solicitor Stephen Carty admitted this was a "shocking level" of alcohol.

However, Mr Carty stated that, since the offence, his 44-year-old client had begun volunteering with Arrows, the Elgin-based alcohol recovery service.

Mr Carty added: "She has had significant support from her family."

In addition to her three-year driving ban Watt, of Lien Road, Kingston, was placed under the court's supervision for the next 12 months.

She was also ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work for the community.

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