A UNIVERSITY lecturer who admitted driving while more than four times the legal alcohol limit has been banned from the road for 12 months at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Forty-nine-year-old Linda Ferguson – who teaches business studies at an English university – pleaded guilty to driving with a breath/alcohol reading of 90 microgrammes – the legal limit being 22 – in Hillside Terrace, Selkirk, on February 16.

Depute fiscal Drew Long said a member of the public was concerned at the manner of driving when her vehicle was spotted at around 4.45pm.

Police were called and they came to the view she was under the influence of alcohol and she was taken to Hawick Police Station where 90 microgrammes was the lower of the two readings.

Defence lawyer Ed Hulme said his client was “deeply ashamed” by her actions.