A HADDINGTON woman who was caught in charge of a vehicle while more than five-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit has been banned from the road.

Morag Todd was found to have 125mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath following a breath test conducted by police officers earlier this year.

The legal limit is 22mg. Todd, of Peachdales, was in the dock at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for sentencing on Monday after she had previously admitted the offence.

Solicitor Emma Martin told the court that her client had been “open and honest” about the offence when interviewed by social workers and added: “She accepts she needs help for her alcohol use.”

Ms Martin said that 49-year-old Todd was a first offender and had been in touch with an alcohol and drug abuse team in Midlothian as she sought to address her issues.

Sheriff Matthew Auchincloss banned Todd from the road for 12 months but allowed her to take part in a drink-drive rehabilitation scheme whereby if she successfully completed the course the ban would be reduced by three months.

Todd was also placed under the supervision of the local social work department for the next six months and ordered to carry out 79 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Todd pleaded guilty to being in charge of a vehicle with 125mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath at Braid Road, Edinburgh, on April 18.