A WOMAN has been blasted by a sheriff for putting lives at risk after making a dozen false emergency calls demanding an ambulance.
Sonya Wishart, 33, bombarded the Scottish Ambulance Service with the nuisance calls over a 12-day period last month.
Livingston Sheriff Court heard that it was obvious she had been drinking heavily each time she phoned the emergency call centre in Midlothian.
Wishart, of Blackburn, admitted repeatedly making malicious calls from her home in Beechwood Road and causing a disturbance at St John’s Hospital in Livingston on March 19 by shouting and swearing and acting in an aggressive manner.
Sheriff Kevin Drummond told her: “The report in front of me suggests that you simply seem to have no appreciation of the extent of the alcohol problem you clearly have.
“Whenever that results in repeat and unnecessary calls to the emergency services – who have to respond to these calls just being made by a drunk woman – it is a terrible waste of public resources.”
Wishart was sentenced to 12 months supervision under community payback order, including 66 hours of unpaid work and a condition that she undertakes alcohol counselling.