A 44-year-old Angus drink-driver found slumped at the wheel of her car in the middle of a rural road has been fined and banned.
Fiona Thompson, of Church Street, Carnoustie, appeared before Sheriff Derek Reekie at Forfar.
She pled guilty to driving on the B9128 Forfar to Muirdrum road, near Craichie, on November 23.
Her alcohol count was 100 microgrammes – four-and-a-half times the legal limit of 22.
Depute fiscal Laura McGillvery said the occupants of another vehicle saw Thompson stopped in the middle of the road around 10.30pm with her car’s lights on and the engine revving.
Police were called and noticed Thompson smelled strongly of alcohol, was unsteady on her feet and was slurring her words.
En route to Dundee police HQ the accused said to officers: “Please take me home. I don’t normally drink, honestly.”
Thompson’s solicitor said his client had “foolishly and inexplicably” decided to drive that night.
Sheriff Derek Reekie told Thompson: “I can see from the report the circumstances that brought about your driving.
“Resorting to alcohol to deal with your situation is perhaps your choice, but driving is a very bad choice and your ability was heavily impaired due to the high reading.”
Thompson was fined £600 and disqualified for 16 months.