Whisky-fuelled mobility driver banned

Christine Bey, 43, drove into oncoming traffic on Edinburgh’s Western Approach Road on 9 January with a bottle of whisky on her lap.

After being stopped by the police, Bey became abusive and spat in the face of an officer. The spit hood placed on Bey later revealed that she was suffering from Hepatitis C.

Bey pleaded guilty to driving dangerously while intoxicated and spitting onto the face and eye of PC Euan Murray at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Defence solicitor, Neil Martin, told Sheriff Welsh that his client’s memory of the incident had been affected by abuse of alcohol, but she accepted the evidence given in court and her “disgraceful behaviour”.


Christine Bey, BBC News


She was banned from driving for 16 months and ordered to pay £300 compensation and her mobility scooter had been removed and would not be replaced.

Additionally, Sheriff Welsh placed Bey under supervision for 18 months on a community payback order.

Sheriff Welsh also imposed a restriction of liberty order, confining Bey to her home between 19:00 and 07:00 for four months.

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