A woman deliberately crashed her car on the A9, one of Scotland’s deadliest roads, in “an attempt to harm herself,” Perth Sheriff Court was told.
Thirty-two-year-old Alison Marshall, formerly of Abbey Terrace, Auchterarder, was taken by ambulance to Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital, accompanied by a police officer.
And when tests were carried out almost two-and-a-half hours later, she was found to be more than three times over the legal booze limit.
The accused, now of Perth Road, Scone, was fined £500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months after she admitted being in charge of her white BMW with excess alcohol.
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The incident took place on the Stirling-Perth road, near to the Dunning junction, on May 10, 2020.
Her urine contained 207 milligrammes of alcohol, well in excess of the 67 limit.
Depute fiscal Sean Maher told the court that she was driving along the A9, towards Perth, about 12.40am.
“When approaching the junction to Broom of Dalreoch and Dunning, she collided with the roadside, resulting in damage to her vehicle.
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“Her car came to a stop and the matter was reported to the police by a passing motorist.”
Police attended and she appeared to be under the influence.
“There was a smell of alcohol and her speech was slurred,” added the fiscal.
“She was required to give a roadside breath test, which was positive.”
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She was arrested and “due to the nature of the occurrence,” an ambulance was requested and she was conveyed to Ninewells.
Just after 3am, she gave a urine specimen which showed she was in excess of the legal limit.
Solicitor John McLaughlin said a background report indicated there was a “rather unfortunate background” to the offence but she now hoped to “come out the other side.”
He added: “Alcohol was playing a large part in her life but is now under control.
“The problems are being addressed by her and she’s very apologetic for what happened.”
She accepted the situation had been caused by “her own stupidity” and she had also lost her job.
Passing sentence, Sheriff Neil Bowie told her: “This was an extremely reckless thing to do.
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“I realise you had difficulties at the time but nonetheless you consumed a large amount of alcohol in an attempt to deliberately harm yourself by crashing your vehicle.
"You put other road users at significant risk.
“You were also three times the limit when the sample was taken in hospital more than two hours later.”
Although she had admitted being in charge of the vehicle, disqualification was “inevitable.”
It was backdated to December 17 when she initially had an interim ban imposed.