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A BRAE woman has been banned from driving for nine months after police followed her at 100mph along the islands’ main trunk road.

Lerwick Sheriff Court heard that unemployed 22 year old mother Sheryl Lyn Odie, of Ladies Mire, had sped off as police drove up behind her on the main A970 at Tingwall, commonly referred to as the “Tingwall straight”.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the police followed her for a third of a mile just before midnight on 22 September last year during which she drove her friend’s Ford Focus “more or less 100 miles per hour”.

Sheriff Graeme Napier fined her £300 and said that as this was not her first speeding offence she would have to re-sit her test.

Unemployed 34 year old Stuart Anderson, of 31 Ladies Drive, Lerwick, was also disqualified after police stopped him for minor issues with his vehicle on the town’s Cairnfield Road, only to find that he was a little over the drink driving limit.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said that Anderson had stormed out after an argument with his girlfriend and “in a moment of madness” stepped behind the wheel of his car on 12 October.

After hearing he had recently been made redundant, Sheriff Napier converted any potential fine into a 75 hour community work order, as well as banning Anderson for 18 months.

Meanwhile Polish hospital worker Tomasz Bujok, aged 35, of 10 Gardie Lane, Lerwick, was fined £300 and given four penalty points for driving at 48mph in a 30mph zone on Lerwick’s Holmsgarth Road on 21 October.

The same sentence was dealt out to Aberdeen man Christopher Morrice, aged 30, of 2 Hillside, Port Lethen, who was caught driving at 56mph in a 30mph zone on 23 November in Brae.