Five times the limit

A HOSPITAL worker from Lerwick who drove to the supermarket to top-up her electricity meter while nearly five times the drink-driving limit has landed a driving disqualification of nearly two years and a hefty fine.

Rosemary Stewart, of 10 Burgh Road, admitted at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to driving in the town with 104 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath, on 17 April.


Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the 61 year old was spotted by a member of the public who was so concerned that he followed her.

The woman ended up in the carpark of the Co-op supermarket on Holmsgarth Road, with the man taking the keys off her until police arrived.

She failed a roadside test and was then arrested and taken to the police station.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said the woman suffered from depression and anxiety and had been using alcohol as a “support mechanism”.

He said the woman used her car to drive to the supermarket to top-up her electricity meter as her lights had gone out.

Sheriff Philip Mann disqualified Stewart from driving for 20 months and fined her £600.