A WOMAN who said she did not realise how strong her fruit punch was has been fined for drink driving.

Carol Gibson appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court on Thursday, June 28, where she pleaded guilty to the offence.

The procurator fiscal said that Gibson was pulled over by police on June 3 at around 12.50am for another matter.

When Gibson exited her vehicle, officers noticed that her eyes were glazed, she was unsteady on her feet and could smell alcohol from her.

They then carried out a roadside breath test which gave a reading of 77mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, more than three times the legal limit of 22mcg.

She was then arrested and taken to Falkirk police office.

Kelly Howe, representing the 48-year-old, told the court that her client has been driving for 20 years and this is her first conviction of any kind.

Ms Howe said that Gibson had a glass of wine in her daughter’s company before drinking fruit punch. She then received a call from her other daughter asking to be picked up, which she did.

The court heard that the accused believed the fruit punch was not strong and she was “surprised” by the high reading from the breath test.

Sheriff David Mackie fined Gibson, of Ann Street, Tillicoultry, £650 and disqualified her from driving for 12 months.