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Wednesday, 19 June, 2002, 12:44 GMT 13:44 UK
Mounted police visit leads to fine
Court interior
Duthie is appealing against a conviction
A woman has been fined for leading her horse into a police station while she was drunk.

Officers had watched Patricia Duthie, 43, riding through Perth town centre on a closed circuit television system.

She then entered the police headquarters and led her elderly pony Cheval across the foyer.

However, it became frightened, reared up, and defecated on the floor.

Police took away the horse and gave Duthie a bucket and shovel to clean up the mess.


The circumstances of this incident make it an unusual case

Stephen White, justice of the peace
She was fined 50 at Perth district court after she admitted a breach of the peace on 4 February.

Duthie, a mother-of-two from Rhynd, near Perth, admitted riding her pony across Perth while drunk and the court heard that drivers were forced to avoid her.

Justice of the Peace Stephen White said: "The circumstances of this incident make it an unusual case. However, the charge is breach of the peace and I will fine you 50."

The court heard that Duthie was jailed for six months at the sheriff court after a fourth drink driving offence.

She was on bail pending the result of an appeal against the sentence.

Speaking outside the court: "I have had Cheval since he was two years old and I was worried about him.

"I just wanted to go down to the police to tell them that I wasn't able to take care of Cheval any more.

"I knew I was banned from driving and I got rid of the car so I didn't know how else to get there."

The horse has been taken into the care of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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02 May 02 | Scotland
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