A WOMAN who drove through Dundee city centre while more than seven times over the drink drive limit has been told: “custody could be justified for this”.
Marilyn Lawrence was caught drunk behind the wheel in Dundee’s Meadowside - a street that runs from Wellgate shopping centre through the city centre - in June.
She was detained by police and took a breath test - and gave a reading almost seven and a half times the new limit, imposed in December last year.
Lawrence, 39, of Naltam House, Dundee, pleaded guilty on summary complaint to a charge of driving with 164 microgrammes of alcohol in her breath.
The limit is 22 microgrammes - meaning she was almost exactly seven and a half times the legal limit.
The offence took place on June 25.
Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC deferred sentence until next month for Lawrence to attend alcohol counselling sessions and for a supplementary background report.
She said: “At this level of alcohol, custody would be justified for this.
“It is clear to me that anyone who can get behind the wheel of a car with that level of alcohol has a problem with alcohol.”
Scotland’s drink drive limit was slashed in December 2014.
The previous limit for breath tests was 35 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath.
But even at that Lawrence would have been more than four and a half times the limit.