A 21-YEAR-OLD woman drove dangerously and erratically from Edinburgh, over the Queensferry Crossing, then crashed in Inverkeithing.

During the 35-minute journey she went through a red light, mounted a kerb, almost crashed on the bridge, went the wrong way on a roundabout and also drove on a motorway slip road in the wrong direction.

Care worker Nicole Findlay later claimed she had no recollection of the journey and could not explain why she had driven to Fife.

Findlay, of Monkrigg Place, Haddington, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

She admitted that on May 20, in Calder Crescent, Sighthill, the M90 between Queensferry Crossing and Ferrytoll, Hope Street, Inverkeithing and elsewhere she drove a car dangerously.

She drove through a red light, mounted a kerb, straddled both lanes on the Edinburgh city bypass and weaved repeatedly between lanes, drove at low speed, weaved into the hard shoulder and almost struck the central reservation.

She then weaved between both lanes on the Queensferry Crossing, drove onto the hard shoulder of the bridge and almost hit a barrier.

She mounted the kerb at the A9000 roundabout, performed a three-point turn on the ramp to the M90 at Ferrytoll, drove the wrong way down a slip road, drove the wrong way on a roundabout, almost colliding with a vehicle, drove in the wrong lane into Hope Street, struck a barrier, then drove into the opposing lane and struck a wall.

She also admitted that later, at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, she refused to provide a sample of blood.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said that the incident began in Edinburgh at 1.05am and ended with the crash in Inverkeithing at around 1.40am.

Members of the public had gone to the scene and a male passenger stumbled out of the car saying he had taken cocaine, valium and other drugs.

Findlay then started rolling a cannabis joint for the passenger but was told to stop and a witness took the keys out of the ignition.

Police were called and officers found that Findlay was struggling to stand up and walk in a straight line. She was taken to the Infirmary by ambulance and later refused to provide a blood sample to police.

Defence solicitor Angela Craig said her client could remember nothing of the incident.

She went on: “She doesn’t have any recollection and can’t give any explanation for the purpose of the journey.”

She said her client’s family had arranged for her to see a psychiatrist to find out if there could be some medical explanation.

Findlay works as a care assistant at a nursing home in Haddington.

Sheriff Charles Lugton told Findlay: “You could easily have been killed or killed someone else.”

He banned her from driving for 18 months and until she passes the extended test. He also imposed a community payback order with 75 hours of unpaid work.