A PART-TIME bar manager has been banned from driving for over a year after being caught more than three times the alcohol limit.

Lorna Anderson pleaded guilty to a charge of drink driving and the 52-year-old from Saltcoats was sentenced at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week.

At around 1am on June 26, Anderson was spotted driving a vehicle on Stevenston Road in Kilwinning, heading towards the town centre.

Police on patrol at the time observed the car swerving within its own lane and the officers decided to follow it.

Last Thursday’s hearing was told that the vehicle struck the nearside kerb, mounted the pavement and travelled along it for 10 metres before returning to the main carriageway.

The procurator fiscal depute said: “She was eventually pulled over on the pavement, and police noticed a strong smell of alcohol and that her speech was slurred.”

Anderson failed a roadside breath test and a later reading showed that she had 74mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, when the legal limit is 22mcg/100ml.

Sheriff Alistair Watson fined Anderson £420, payable at a rate of £100 per month.

She was also disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 16 months.