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Drink drive mother Justine McKay attempted school run

Police breathalyser
Image caption McKay was arrested after failing a roadside breathalyser

A woman has been banned from driving for five years after trying to pick her children up from school while more than five times over the drink-drive limit.

Justine McKay, 46, from Fenwick in East Ayrshire, was arrested after being stopped and breathalysed by police in Stewarton in January.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard how her breath contained 186 microgrammes of alcohol. The legal limit is 35.

McKay admitted the charge and was also fined £600.

Her lawyer said: "Police were extremely concerned about her health. That level could be fatal in terms of liver damage."

He added that she had made a "very, very bad error of judgement" and it was "very unlikely" her children, aged 13 and 17, would have got into the car.

Sheriff Brian Murphy said: "I'm extremely concerned that someone going to collect children from school could have such a very high reading."

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