Woman who refused breath test banned from driving

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A woman who refused to take a breath test after crashing her car while driving home from a pub has been banned from driving.

Emily Sheila Kerr, 21, of Gamekeepers Cottage, Hutcheon Road, Campbeltown, was sentenced at Campbeltown Sheriff Court last Thursday, having previously pleaded guilty to failing to provide two specimens of breath for analysis which were required to ascertain her ability to drive or the proportion of alcohol in her breath when she was driving a car in Burnbank Street, Hutcheon Road and other roads in Campbeltown on April 25 this year.

Police received a report of a vehicle crashing and after identifying Kerr, who has no previous convictions, on CCTV, traced her at home. Kerr, who smelled of alcohol, admitted to being the driver and was taken to Campbeltown Police Station but refused to undertake a breath test.

Defence solicitor Stephen MacSporran said that having her driving licence revoked between pleading guilty and being sentenced had a ‘devastating effect’ on Kerr’s life, in that she had lost her job and ended up in debt.

She has since found a new job and is hoping to make a fresh start.

Mr MacSporran added: ‘She has very much learned her lesson.’

Imposing a £300 and banning Kerr from driving for 12 months, Sheriff Patrick Hughes said: ‘This is obviously a serious matter, for which disqualification is mandatory.’

He added that Kerr’s sentence will be reduced by three months if she completes a drink-drive rehabilitation scheme course.