Wendy Watt seen 'swigging wine' at wheel of car with child on board
A mother was caught "swigging" wine from a bottle while behind the wheel of a car in Aberdeen with her young child, Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard.
Wendy Watt was seen parking on a zebra crossing, nearly hitting a cyclist and driving through a red light.
Watt, 40, who was on painkillers at the time of the offences, admitted careless driving and driving while unfit.
She was given an 18-month supervision order with 140 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for 15 months.
The court heard that Watt, from Fraserburgh, had driven to Aberdeen for a Saturday afternoon out with her two children on 28 June.
Her partner took one of the children but a young daughter was still in the car when she was seen drinking.
CCTV operators later observed her parked on a zebra crossing near Beach Esplanade and reversing dangerously, endangering a cyclist and pedestrians.
She was pulled over by two police officers who saw her drive through a red light.
She then struggled with the officers as they attempted to detain her.
A doctor later declared her to be unfit to drive through drink or drugs.
Sheriff Graeme Buchanan told her: "This is really quite concerning that she was swigging from a bottle of wine in the car.
"That kind of attitude is indicative of a serious problem with alcohol that needs to be addressed."
Watt, who also admitted a charge of obstructing police officers, was told to comply with any alcohol counselling that the social work department deemed suitable.