Croftfoot airline worker caught drink driving after bosses reported her to cops

A Croftfoot airline worker was caught drink-driving almost six times over the limit after her employer at Glasgow Airport reported her.

Tracey O’Lone, 57, was stopped by police at Inchinnan Road, next to Abbotsinch, after her work contacted police after she turned up for her morning shift while under the influence.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard Ms O’Lone was at the wheel of her Vauxhall Corsa early on May 30, this year, when she was pulled over by a patrol car.

Procurator fiscal depute Caterina Ward said: “At around 8.45am on the morning in question police witnesses were on mobile patrol in a marked police vehicle when a request was made to look out for the accused’s vehicle.

“Police traced the accused’s vehicle at around 9.15am and she was stopped and identified as the driver.

“Officers immediately observed she was heavily intoxicated and she was subjected to traffic procedures.

“She provided breath samples for analysis and the reading for her breath test was recorded.

“She was detained and taken to the police station where she was cautioned and charged.”

O’Lone, of Croftend Avenue, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving her vehicle while the proportion of alcohol was 127 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath, and the legal limit is 22 micrograms.

A defence agent for O’Lone said she is a first offender who was admitting responsibility for the offence.

She said: “At the time of the offence she was dealing with an awful lot of personal problems including significant debts.

“She had stopped eating. She had not had anything to eat for three days and she was drinking to bury her head in the sand.

“She had been drinking through the night and went to work when her boss told her she was not fit to be at work.

“Her boss contacted police.

“He could smell alcohol on her.”

The solicitor added O’Lone has been on the wagon since her arrest and has been seeking help in tackling her problem.

She added her client is expecting to be made redundant from her post in March but is hoping to find a new job.

Sheriff Colin Pettigrew told her: “The court has to be concerned at the level of the reading.

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“The court also has to be concerned of the time in the morning the amount of alcohol consumed to produce such a reading.”

He banned her from driving for two years and fined her £790.

He also advised her to sit and pass the drink driving rehabilitation course before getting behind the wheel again.

Daily Record – Paisley