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Drunk woman drove mobility scooter into oncoming traffic

Christine Bey, 43, spat in the face of an Edinburgh police officer who stopped her.

By STV News

Published 31 Jan 2018.

A drunk woman drove her mobility scooter into oncoming traffic and spat in the face of a police officer who stopped her.

Christine Bey pled guilty to driving dangerously while intoxicated along the West Approach Road in Edinburgh on January 9.

She was banned from driving for 16 months at the city's sheriff court on Wednesday and ordered to pay the officer £300 in compensation.

The 43-year-old was apprehended after members of the public called police concerned for her safety.

When police caught up with her, Bey swore at the officers and smelled strongly of alcohol. She had difficulty standing and her speech was slurred.

Police had to forcibly take a bottle of whisky from Bey and wrestled to get her scooter keys.

Defence solicitor Neil Martin said his client's memory of the incident was affected by her abuse of alcohol.

Her mobility scooter had been seized and would not be replaced and she had no intention of driving any motor vehicle, Mr Martin said.

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