A BEAUTY therapist who drove away from her doctor’s surgery with almost three times the legal alcohol limit was told yesterday she had turned her car into a “guided – or misguided – missile”.
Forty-one-year-old Aileen Williamson, who previously admitted drinking two bottles of wine a day, had downed two large glasses of plonk before getting behind the wheel.
She had gone to her medical centre in Comrie to collect a repeat prescription for eczema.
But she was “clearly drunk” and staff called the police. Officers stopped her in Strowan Road, Comrie, shortly before 5pm and she was breathalysed.
After being told there were two 14-year-old passengers in the car at the time, Sheriff Robert McCreadie said: “There’s a serious drink problem here – and also an issue of public protection which I am primarily concerned with.”
Williamson, of Field of Refuge, Comrie, had her sentence deferred until November 17 to enable her lawyer to obtain an updated report from the Tayside Council on Alcohol. An interim driving ban was continued.
Williamson admitted driving in Strowan Road, Comrie, on May 19 with 94 microgrammes of alcohol in her system – the legal limit is 35.
The court heard that she was stopped as she drove from the car park attached to the GP’s surgery.
Solicitor David Sinclair said his client had taken two large glasses of wine at lunchtime that day.
But given the reading, Sheriff McCreadie reflected: “It doesn’t sound particularly credible to me.”
Mr Sinclair said: “She readily accepts and acknowledges she made a grave error in driving the car on the day in question.
“She had suffered from a severe case of eczema and was in need of a repeat prescription from her doctor.”
Her ultimate aim, with the assistance of the professional bodies she had consulted, was to abstain from alcohol completely.
Williamson was suffering from “extreme financial hardship” when the offence took place, but the sheriff noted if she was previously spending £9 a day on wine, that totalled more than £2500 a year.
“Alcohol is guaranteed to make everything worse in the long term,” he added.
“She will have to stop drinking.”