A sozzled carer was caught driving to work while almost four times over the legal limit with a burst tyre on her motor.

Cindy Jane Kelly, 51, was nabbed by the cops at the wheel of her Skoda Fabia hatchback while driving on a flat tyre.

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Paisley Sheriff Court heard Kelly was completely unaware she was driving with a burst tyre when police pulled her over on August 27, this year.

Procurator fiscal depute Iain Mathieson said: “The incident took place at 10.50am in the morning.

“Police witnesses were on uniform mobile patrol travelling on Inchinnan Road, Renfrew, when they observed the accused, who was speeding at that time.

“Officers also noticed her front off-side tyre had burst.

“The accused was clearly driving on a flat tyre and officers stopped her.

“Officers could smell alcohol emanating from her breath and she was asked to carry out a road side breath test.”

She failed the test and was taken Govan police station where cops carried out two further tests for analysis.

Yesterday Kelly of Riglands Way, Renfrew, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while the proportion of alcohol was 84 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath, and the legal limit is 22 micrograms.

Defence agent Tony Callahan revealed his client had just been hit with a bombshell regarding the break-up of her marriage, and had turned to drink as a means of coping.

He said: “It is the first time she has been in court and she has a clean licence.

“She had been with her long term partner for 23 years and were in the process of splitting up.

“She was also experiencing feelings of depression and it was the ‘perfect storm.’

“She was employed as a carer and was heading to work that morning, after drinking the night before.

“It was an error of judgement and she believed she could drive.”

Mr Callahan added his client has since lost her job as a result of the prosecution.

And he urged the court to show her leniency given what she is going through.

Sheriff Mark Thorley said: “You were on your way to work

at a time the reading was 84, which is almost four times the limit.

“I don’t know what you were drinking the night before, but it must have been significant.”

He told her she was facing an automatic disqualification for the offence.

He added he was prepared to hand her a fine given her previous good character.

He banned her from driving for 16 months, reduced from 18 months because of her swift guilty plea, and fined her £300 reduced from £450, also because of her early admission of guilt.

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