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Court / Three year ban for drink driving

A WOMAN from Tingwall has been disqualified for three years after admitting drink driving.

Samantha Gibney, of Gott, was also fined £675 when she appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday.

The 47-year-old admitted driving a car back home on 2 September last year with 52 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The limit is 22 microgrammes.

The court heard that police officers had received reports of suspected drink driving.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said: “She was stopped by police as she arrived back at her home address.”

He said Gibney failed a roadside screening test, was arrested and then taken to Lerwick Police Station.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client had struggled to cope with a previous relationship ending.

“She accepts she has used alcohol as a coping mechanism at times,” he said.

Allan said Gibney had also accepted she was facing a driving disqualification as a result of the incident.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank imposed a three year disqualification due to a previous conviction.

The ban can be reduced by one quarter if Gibney completes a drink driving rehabilitation course.

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