Seven times over the limit nurse was a “nervous driver”


A nurse, who was caught driving when more than seven times over the limit, has been warned by a sheriff he is considering sending her to prison.

Miranda Philip appeared from custody at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

Philip (45), of West Harbour Road, Charlestown, admitted that on 14th May on Limekilns Road, Dunfermline, she drove a car with excess alcohol, the reading was 155 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 22 microgrammes.

Depute fiscal Alistair McDermid said another motorist who was travelling behind Philip’s car at 3.40pm became concerned about her erratic driving and contacted the police.

When officers spoke to Philip she told them she was a “nervous driver”.

Defence solicitor Katrina Clark said her client was married with two children and was “extremely ashamed and remorseful” about her actions.

“She’s a nurse and is very concerned about how this incident will affect her work,” she added.

Sheriff Craig McSherry responded, “She may have shown concern for the effect on other road users. This is getting towards eight times the limit and I’m considering a custodial sentence.”

He called for reports and Philip will return for sentencing on 12th June.

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