SHOP workers in Dalgety Bay contacted the police when a drunk customer left the store and drove off.

Rachel Fisher, 60, was caught behind the wheel when almost five times over the limit.

She told police she had only drank “a small wine” a few hours earlier.

Fisher, of Fordell Bank, Dalgety Bay, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

She previously admitted that on September 7, at Moray Way North, Dalgety Bay, she drove a car having consumed excess alcohol. Her reading was 109 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 22 microgrammes.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said the accused had gone to a shop to buy cigarettes.

“The shop staff could smell a strong smell of alcohol. Her speech was slurred and she was unsteady on her feet,” she added.

“They saw her getting into a vehicle, was struggle to manoeuvre it and stalled it several times. She then drove and the police were contacted.

“At 6pm, police officers saw the vehicle and she was driving it. They stopped her and officers could smell a strong smell of alcohol.

“The accused said she’d had a small wine at lunchtime.”

Defence solicitor Barbara Collie said her client was retired and a first offender.

“She’s extremely remorseful and ashamed of her actions,” she added.

Sheriff Charles MacNair fined Fisher £800 and banned her from driving for 16 months.

The Crown had moved for forfeiture of the car – a Peugeot 208 valued at £5,000 – but this was rejected by the sheriff.