A BOOZED-up motorist whose BMW was involved in a collision with another car drove to her boyfriend’s house and hid under a bed as police arrived to quiz her.
Susan Nolan — who was said to have been smelling ‘strongly’ of drink — was later found to be nearly four times the legal alcohol limit following a delayed test procedure.
Greenock Sheriff Court heard how 49-year-old Nolan’s car struck a moving Renault Clio shortly after she’d turned into the town’s Lomond Road.
Prosecutor Claire Nicholls said: “A witness exited the Clio and began to take down the registration plate details of the BMW but was unable to at this time.
“Police were contacted and officers attended Riverside Road and observed a BMW parked there with accident damage.
“Officers were permitted entry to the property and they thereafter found the accused hiding under a double bed.
“There was a strong smell of alcohol on her breath.”
Fiscal depute Miss Nicholls added: “The accused was also found to be unsteady on her feet and her speech was slurred.
“In response to being asked who had been driving the BMW she replied, ‘Me, 100 per cent’.”
Nolan was also charged with driving without due care and attention, failing to stop and failing to co-operate with a preliminary breath test but her not guilty pleas to these were accepted by the Crown.
She was taken to Greenock police officer but tests on the station intoximeter machine — which is used for court purposes — threw up a ‘high blank’ result, which means that no accurate alcohol measurement can be given.
A sample of Nolan’s blood showed that she had 197mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 50mg.
Defence lawyer Aidan Gallagher said: “She had an issue with alcohol in the past and it has revisited her.
“Her partner of two years had phoned her and asked her to go over to his house.”
Sheriff Gerard Sinclair told Nolan: “I have to take account of the exceptionally high reading.”
The sheriff banned her from the roads for 18 months and fined her £400.
However, Nolan, of Dougliehill Place, Port Glasgow, was given leave to take the drink-drive rehabilitation course which will see her disqualification period reduced by a quarter on successful completion.
Source : GreenockTelegraph