School-run mum drunk at wheel

Kay Hamilton-Whellans was fined at Haddington Sheriff court. Picture: Gordon Fraser

Kay Hamilton-Whellans was fined at Haddington Sheriff court. Picture: Gordon Fraser

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A MOTHER-OF-TWO turned up to collect her young son from a primary school – despite being drunk.

Kay Hamilton-Whellans was described as being “unsteady on her feet” before she was spotted jumping into her vehicle with her eight-year-old son.

But the tipsy mum was caught out by the school’s headteacher after he smelled alcohol on her breath.

And Hamilton-Whellans, of North Berwick, repeated the offence when she turned up drunk at the school for a second time three months later.

The 49-year-old was told by a sheriff “custody was merited”, but Hamilton-Whellans escaped a prison sentence. She was instead ordered to carry out 165 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for 22 months. The mother-of-two was also fined £250 during an appearance at Haddington Sheriff Court on Wednesday after she told officers her god-daughter was at the wheel.