A receptionist crashed her car into a bollard in Aberdeen city centre after drinking half a bottle of wine, a court has heard.
Megan Smith collided with the obstacle in the early hours of the morning on Market Street.
The 23-year-old had believed she would be safe to drive and said she’d only had “a glass and a half” of wine – but it turned out that amounted to around half a bottle.
Smith was found to be more than double the legal alcohol limit and has now been handed a driving ban.
‘Flagged down a passing police car’
Fiscal depute Victoria Kerr told Aberdeen Sheriff Court: “At around 1am on March 3, police received a call from a member of the public stating a car had crashed into a bollard at the locus.
“Police attended and reviewed CCTV, which showed Smith colliding with the bollard on the pavement at 12.50am before walking off towards Union Square.”
Smith then flagged down a passing police car and confirmed she was the driver.
She was arrested after failing a breath test.
Smith, of Sunnybank, Banchory, pled guilty to driving with 52 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
The legal limit is 22 microgrammes.
Defence agent Michael Burnett said: “She panicked, walking off and phoned her father.
“He spoke to her, came to find her and together they flagged down a passing police car.”
Mr Burnett explained Smith had recently returned from a lengthy trip abroad and had met with a friend she hadn’t seen in some time.
He said: “She had what she described to me as a glass and a half of wine.”
Mr Burnett said he had discussed the matter with Smith and it turned out, due to the size of the glasses, this amounted to around half a bottle.
She had felt she would be okay to drive.
Sheriff Morag McLaughlin fined Smith £690 and banned her from driving for a year.
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