Angus mum caught almost four times over drink drive limit

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An Angus mother-of-four caught driving on a garage forecourt while almost seven times the drink drive limit has dodged a jail term.

Lorraine Walker-Munro was found “spectacularly” drunk behind the wheel of her Skoda Octavia at McConnachie’s Garage in Arbroath’s Lindsay Street.

Forfar Sheriff Court was told when police breathalysed her she gave a reading of 151 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The limit is 22 - meaning she was almost exactly seven times the limit.

A sheriff told her the reading was the highest he had ever seen.

Walker-Munro (54), of Foffarty House, Forfar, pleaded guilty on summary complaint to a drink driving charge.

Defence solicitor Billy Rennie said: “The problem with this case is clearly the reading she gave.

“This is a particularly spectacular fall from grace.

“She’s been driving from the age of 17 or 18 without so much as an endorsement on her licence.

“She is learning a huge lesson from this whole process.

“She accepts drink is featuring in her life more than it ought to.”

Sheriff Gregor Murray imposed a community payback order with 200 hours unpaid work and banned her from driving for three years.

He said: “Alcohol must play a significant part in your life.

“You have to deal with that.

“If this isn’t the highest reading I’ve seen it’s very close.

“It is about as serious as it gets for a first offender.

“However, there is a direct alternative to custody.”