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Drink driver Tracy Oswald left toddler home alone

Tracy Oswald Image copyright PPA
Image caption Tracy Oswald was banned from driving for two years

Police who arrested a woman who was almost five times the drink-driving limit found an unattended toddler in her home, a court heard.

Tracy Oswald was fined £1,500 after admitting the offence at Perth Sheriff Court.

The 39-year-old was also banned from driving for two years.

Officers had found the child unsupervised when they went to Oswald's Bridge of Earn home to confirm her driving documents.

Depute fiscal Rebecca Kynaston told the court: "Officers were on mobile patrol in Bridge of Earn when they observed the accused's vehicle being driven.

"It was stopped for a routine documents check, but she did not have her documents with her.

"On speaking to the accused outside her home they detected a strong smell of alcohol.

"She said she had consumed two glasses of wine earlier in the day."

'No good explanation'

Oswald was arrested and told police an unattended child was in her home.

The court was told that Oswald admitted she had left the child alone to drive to a local shop to buy cigarettes.

Oswald admitted drink driving in Bridge of Earn on 26 September with a breath alcohol reading of 106 mics. The legal limit is 22 mics.

Solicitor Paul Ralph, defending, said: "It's clear the child, although fine, was left in the house alone, while she made this brief journey. There is no good explanation for it."

The court was told that Oswald was in the process of selling her car and expected to raise £1,500 from the sale.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis told her: "You are in a bit of a hole at the moment and you have really got to make every effort to get out of it."

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