A mother-of four with multiple sclerosis who swerved to avoid an oncoming police car in her husband’s high-powered Audi was more than four times the drink drive limit.
Lucy Gordon, aged 36, was driving the red Audi S5 on the B9002 South Road, Insch, when officers in an unmarked police car saw her swerve out of their side of the road on her way past.
Officers turned round and saw the car parked up outside a house in Insch, and when she was breathalysed, she was found to have 95 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 22mg.
Fiscal depute Cheryl Clark told Aberdeen Sheriff Court: “At approximately 7pm on February 25 this year, two police officers were in an unmarked car on patrol.
“The Audi was driving on their side of the carriageway. It swerved back out to the other side on its way past. Officers attempted to track the Audi but it was lost in sight.
“The turned and went back down the road and came across the vehicle.
“They checked on the computer and found the car was registered to a Neil Gordon and was insured in his name and the accused’s.
“While they were still outside, they saw a man make his way towards the car and then change his direction when he spotted them. He was heavily intoxicated at the time.
“They asked him who was driving the car and he told them it was his wife. He then led them inside the house and she confirmed that it was her who was driving.”
Gordon, of The Rowans, Insch, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.
Defending herself, Mrs Gordon said: “I am subject to an investigation at work for this and I could lose my job.
“My husband works away for six months of the year and I am upset that my actions will impact on my children.”
Sheriff Malcolm Garden fined her £650 and disqualified her from driving for 20 months, which will be reduced to 15 months if she completes a drink drivers rehabilitation course.