A DRINK driver smashed head-on into another car despite having been on a course to learn about the damage and injuries drunk motorists cause.
Rachael Millar was more than two and a half times the legal limit when she drifted across the centre line and collided with a car coming the other way, a court heard.
Sheriff John MacRitchie blasted Millar for getting back behind the wheel while drunk after being shown examples of the devastation caused by motorists under the influence of alcohol.
Fining Millar £810 and banning her from driving for three years, he told her: “I attended part of that drink drive rehabilitation course voluntarily and I still have in my mind the images of the victims of drink drivers.
“I can’t contemplate anyone having gone through that and getting in a vehicle and drink driving. It’s beyond my comprehension.
“You’ll remember the images of what happens with drink driving yet you go on and do what you’ve done.”
He warned her: “Appear again for a third drink driving offence and uppermost in the court’s mind is prison, regardless of what a decent individual you are otherwise.”
Livingston Sheriff Court was told that both Millar’s car and the car she hit spun out of control and a third motorist had to perform an emergency stop to avoid hitting the wreckage.
Police on patrol nearby heard the crash and went to Houston Road, in Livingston, West Lothian, to see what had happened.
They saw Millar getting out of her Vauxhall Corsa – which had extensive frontal damage and the driver’s door hanging off – and wandering around on the carriageway before getting back into her car.
Officers ordered her to get out and sit in the back of the police vehicle.
Fiona Nairn, prosecuting, said paramedics checked out Millar before police gave her a roadside breath test.
She gave a positive reading for excess alcohol and was arrested at midnight.
She complained to officers about neck pain and was taken to hospital for examination.
An hour later doctors at St John’s Hospital gave the police permission to take a blood sample from her.
This showed she had 129 milligrammes of alcohol per 10 millilitres of blood – well in excess of the current 50 milligramme limit.
Millar, 29, of Braid Green, Livingston, pled guilty to driving over the limit on November 4 2016.
Iain Smith, defending, said his client had been on a night out with friends and had returned to West Lothian by train.
However, her boyfriend he refused to come and pick her up from the station as arranged because she had fallen out with him and she decided to drive home instead.
He said she would lose her job as a result of the conviction – her second for drink driving – but would still be able to pay off any fine at £100 per month.
Mr Smith admitted that her previous convictions showed that she had been allowed by the court on the last occasion to attend a drink drive rehabilitation course.
The sheriff granted a Crown motion for confiscation of Millar’s car, although it was said to be worth ‘scrap value’ of £100.
He remarked: “It will probably cost the Crown £100 to dispose of it.”