Woman fined for drunken car crash

Perth Sheriff Court heard Mills lost control of her car and veered into a ditch. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Perth Sheriff Court heard Mills lost control of her car and veered into a ditch. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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A WOMAN’S late night run to buy cigarettes cost her £3,500 after she wrote her car off by drunkenly driving into a ditch.

Sophie Mills’ VW Fox was worth £3,000 and she was fined a further £500 after she admitted diving while she was nearly twice the limit.

Mills was also banned from driving for a year after the court heard her male passenger had to be taken to hospital and given a number of stitches to an injury.

Perth Sheriff Court was told that Mills was on her way back from buying cigarettes when she lost control of her car and veered off the road and into a ditch.

Mills, 40, Gosford Place, Edinburgh - an office manager for the Association of Directors of Social Work - admitted drink driving in Dalqueich, Perthshire, on 27 April.

Fiscal depute Stuart Richardson said: “She was at a friend’s house for a party at 1 am. She ran out of cigarettes and decided to set off in her car to buy more.

“Unfortunately, on the way back to the house where the party was, she succeeded in driving the car into a ditch at the side of the road.

“Somebody was with her in the car and they were injured so an ambulance was summoned. The ambulance turned up and they could smell drink and phoned the police.”

A solicitor for Mills told the court she earned £32,000 a year as an office manager and that she had been visiting a friend for a dinner party.

“They had run out of cigarettes and she made the stupid decision to take the car to the services in Kinross to obtain cigarettes. She was driving back when she lost control and ended in the ditch.

“This was a lack of judgment. Her car was worth £3,000 and was written off. Her passenger sustained a laceration to his arm and received stitches for that,” the solicitor said.

“This has scared her and she has learned her lesson. She will not lose her job, but this will cause some degree of inconvenience to her.”