FEAR of a confrontation with a former partner led to an Oakley woman appearing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on a drink driving charge.

Andrina Potter (42), of Sir George Bruce Road, was almost four times over the limit when police found her slumped over the steering wheel, dressed in a pink dressing gown.

She had previously admitted driving on January 15 at Catherines Wynd, High Valleyfield, and other roads between Oakley and High Valleyfield, after consuming alcohol.

The proportion in her breath was 86 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 22 mgs.

Depute Fiscal Dev Kapadia said Potter had contacted a friend and asked if she could come to her house.

The friend couldn't make it and, after talking on the phone, could make out she had been drinking.

She later received a text message from Potter telling her she was outside her home.

Police then received an anonymous tip off around 3.45am about a female slumped over a steering wheel in a parked car.

When police arrived, Potter was in the driving seat, the engine was running and the vehicle's lights were on.

She was wearing a pink dressing gown and officers noted a strong smell of alcohol.

She told police she was waiting for her friend to come home but had just received a text to say she was not coming home.

The accused then said she had drunk a bottle of wine and had driven from Oakley to her friend's home but knew she shouldn't have done.

Solicitor Gordon Martin said Potter and a former partner had become engaged in an argument earlier that day and she was worried about another confrontation.

"She could have, of course, phoned the police or ensured she didn't answer the door to him, but she had been drinking and was not thinking straight," he told the court.

Before sentencing, Sheriff Charles Macnair told Potter that the offence had involved a high level of alcohol.

"It was over twice the previous legal level of alcohol and now almost four times the current limit," he said. "Every way of driving from Oakley to High Valleyfield, there are no safe roads to be driving with that amount of alcohol."

Sheriff Macnair placed Potter on a Community Payback Order requiring her to perform 100 hours of unpaid work within four months and banned her from driving for 14 months.