More than a year’s ban for drink driving

Campbeltown Sheriff Court.
Campbeltown Sheriff Court.

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A 62-year-old Campbeltown woman has lost her driving licence for 16 months for drink-driving.

Joan McKenzie, of 3F High Street, admitted driving while having a blood alcohol level of 211 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood; the legal limit is 80.

The incident occurred just before 9am on October 31, on High Street, the town’s sheriff court heard last week.

McKenzie was not present in court but was represented by her defence agent, Edel McGinty.

Procurator fiscal depute James Dunbar said that police officers on mobile patrol ‘had occasion to stop her vehicle’ and McKenzie failed the roadside test, was arrested and taken to Campbeltown Police Office where she gave a sample of blood.

Ms McGinty said that McKenzie had been socialising the night before; she was a first-time offender and was embarrassed regarding her actions and had been ill with stress.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes banned McKenzie from driving for 16 months, with the option to reduce this by four months if she successfully completes a driver rehabilitation course at her own expense.

She was also fined £300 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.