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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.

Alcohol problem

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.

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