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Warrington woman in Perthshire drink-drive crash

A drink-driver crashed her car trying to get back home to England after finding her boyfriend with another woman during a holiday in Scotland.

Rebecca Bolton, 34, of Great Sankey, Warrington, was two and a half times over the legal drink-drive limit when she crashed on the A9 in Perthshire.

Perth Sheriff Court heard that she had driven from Tain in Easter Ross.

Bolton admitted driving with excess alcohol on 19 August last year and was banned from driving for four years.

The mother-of-one, who has a previous drink driving conviction from 2009, was also ordered to undergo a drink-impaired drivers course as part of a community payback order.

Bolton told the court that she had managed to drive 125 miles (201km) before losing control of her car and crashing into the central barrier on the A9 near Pitlochry.

She said she had been on a family holiday in Portmahomack, near Tain.

Bolton told the court: "It was my son's birthday on the 18th of August so we had a party for him in the cottage we were staying at.

"I had enjoyed a few drinks during the evening with my family and some friends and my boyfriend.

"Later on we walked up the road to the local pub.

"Later that night, I went outside to look for my boyfriend, who I thought would be smoking, and I found him being very intimate with another girl."

She added: "I was very upset to put it mildly. Before I realised what I was doing I was in my car driving down the A9 towards home. The next thing I remember was waking up in my car, crashed into the central barrier."

Bolton said her actions had been "stupid" and she was considered herself fortunate not to have been involved in a fatal accident.

Solicitor John McLaughlin, defending, said Bolton came from an "exceptionally good family" and was "extremely embarrassed" about appearing in the dock.

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