‘One-off’ drink drive offence

A Midlothian Sainsbury’s employee, with a conviction for drink driving, has successfully applied for a personal sales licence needed for promotion.

Melissa Ireland, of Swan Crescent in Gorebridge, declared the 2012 conviction, for which she was disqualified from driving for one year, prior to making an appearance before Midlothian Licensing Board on Tuesday last week.

Representing the applicant, agent Kevin Clancey told the board that the customer service manager with Sainsbury’s had been out for an evening meal in Dundee with her partner.

He added: “There was an argument and she decided to return home to Perth. She did not consider herself to be over the limit. As she made her way home one of her tyres suffered a blow out.

“When police attended the scene she panicked and did not answer questions that were asked of her.

“She failed a breath test at the scene. It was borderline result – she was marginally over the limit.

“She has been identified as a candidate to be promoted to the role of deputy store manager and it’s Sainsbury’s policy that any employee wishing to hold a role of promoted post must have a personal licence.”

Granting the application, the board agreed that the offence had been a “one-off”.