A woman found drunk in her car was cleared of any crime, after a sheriff accepted she only got in her car because her high heels were hurting her feet.
Amy Buchan, 20, was arrested and spent a night in a police cell after she was found drunk at the wheel of her car outside a nightclub with the engine running.
She was put on trial for being drunk in charge of the vehicle but was found not guilty after telling Perth Sheriff Court her high heels had led to her being in the car.
Buchan, from Crieff, said: “I was wearing really, really high shoes and my feet were really sore. Because I had driven through earlier, I had flat shoes to drive and went to change into them.
“I went to the car to change my shoes, get my jacket and cigarettes. I just went to change my shoes, that’s it.”
When the police arrived outside The Loft nightclub in Perth, they found the car’s engine running and Buchan and her friend Sophie Gothard in the vehicle.
Buchan said she had switched the engine on because it was very cold and she wanted to use the heater while she had a cigarette before getting a taxi home to Crieff.
When officers quizzed her about her being in the car, she said: “I’m very drunk I’m not going to drive.”
She was arrested and taken into custody and not released until nearly 12 hours later.
Sheriff Fiona Tait found Buchan not guilty of being drunk in charge of the car on May 3 this year and said: “In these circumstances, on the balance of probabilities, I am content to find it established that there was no likelihood of you driving.”