A north-east woman has lost her job after being caught behind the wheel more than five times the drink-drive limit.
Elizabeth Robertson was approached by police as she parked her purple Citroen C4 on Hillhead Place in Ellon on the morning of Sunday, November 3.
Police found the 51-year-old had 123 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath, when the legal limit is 22mcg.
At Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday, the first-time offender admitted driving under the influence
Fiscal depute Lynzi Souter said: “Police received a report at 8.40am that the driver may have been drunk while driving, and attended the area immediately to search for the vehicle.
“They found it on Hillside Road in Ellon, heading towards Hillside Place.
“Police followed with the intention of stopping it and the vehicle was seen to park up.”
The officers walked over to the car and “could smell alcohol” upon opening the door.
Robertson’s solicitor, Ian Hingston, described his client’s actions as a “catastrophic series of errors”.
He said: “This was the morning after what can be said to be a particularly heavy evening of drinking.
“It has had huge consequences as she has lost her employment.
“This is the first time in her life she finds herself in this situation.”
Sheriff William Summers told Robertson that her actions had been “extraordinarily dangerous.”
“Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence,” he said.
“The reading in your case is shocking and it is a matter of great concern that you chose to drive.”
Robertson, of Coopers Court in Ellon, was banned from the roads for two years and ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.