Fife woman drove into oncoming traffic while on drink or drugs

A Fife woman has admitted driving a car dangerously while being unfit to drive through drink or drugs, after she drove into concoming traffic.

Monday, 6th December 2021, 1:13 pm

Barbara Hutton, of Summer Road, East Wemyss, appeared before Sheriff Elizabeth McFarlane at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Hutton, 55, previously admitted on August 14, 2020 on Dunnikier Way, Kirkcaldy she drove a car dangerously on the opposing carriageway causing other vehicles to brake to avoid a collision.

She also admitted on the same date, in the same place, she was driving a car while unfit to drive through drink or drugs.

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The case called at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Hutton further admitted on the same date, in the same place, having a Class A drug Diamorphine and a class C drug Etizolam in her possession, contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

The Procurator Fiscal Depute told the court: “At 4.30pm the accused was driving eastbound on the westbound carriageway. She negotiated a roundabout but ended up driving in the wrong carriageway. A number of cars were on the road at the time. One car flashed its headlights at her and then had to brake fast as the accused was driving towards him. The accused was in the car alone.

"At some point the accused stopped the car but the engine continued running. When people attempted to engage with her, she attempted to drive off but failed to get the vehicle in a gear. The keys were removed at that point and the police were contacted. The people there believed she was under the influence of something.

"The accused was found in the driver’s seat with the seatbelt fastened and she was cautioned and charged.”

The depute said she was required to give a breath specimen and at that point the specimen was negative. He said the vehicle was searched and one gram of brown powder in a wrap was found along with a number of white tablets.

He continued: “She was taken to the police station to give blood and urine samples. At one point the accused was taken to hospital due to her level of intoxication. When she attended at the police station she had taken heroin but she wasn’t sure when or how much.”

Sheriff McFarlane deferred sentence until January 20, 2022 for an up-to-date criminal justice social work report.

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