A WOMAN who was caught drink-driving with a baby and two other children in her car has been spared prison.

Ranjina Kaur Devine had an 11-month-old tot, 22-month-old toddler and four-year-old child in her vehicle when she was snared by police.

Officers had been tipped off after 36-year-old Devine, of Clarkston, was spotted leaving the Soar at intu Braehead leisure hub, in Renfrew, in April this year.

She was stopped by officers in King’s Inch Road, Renfrew, and failed a roadside breath test.

The details first emerged when she appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court to plead guilty to drink-driving offences.

Devine admitted driving with 108 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – nearly five times the 22mcg limit – and driving her Vauxhall Astra while uninsured.

Procurator fiscal depute Colin Wilson said officers had received an anonymous call to warn them Devine might be driving while drunk.

They spotted her in slow-moving traffic and forced her to pull over – at which point they noticed she had three kids in the car.

Devine was slurring her words and her eyes were glazed.

An arrangement had to be made for someone to take the children so she could be taken to a police station for further breath tests to be carried out.

At the station, nearly two hours after she had been stopped, she blew the reading of 108mcg.

Devine was also charged with endangering children and exposing them to “significant risk of accident or injury.”

However, she denied breaking the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937 by exposing them “in a manner likely to cause them unnecessary suffering or injury to health” – and prosecutors accepted her not guilty plea to that charge.

After hearing that Devine claimed she was over the limit because she had been drinking at a house party the night before, Sheriff Colin Pettigrew called for background reports to be prepared ahead of sentencing.

When Devine returned to the dock to learn her fate, defence solicitor Derrick Williamson said she had dropped another child off at a party at Braehead on the day in question and then had a glass of wine with her lunch.

He added: “This was a catastrophic misjudgement and miscalculation because of what happened the night before. She was not thinking straight and the reason she wasn’t thinking straight was because she shouldn’t have been driving and that’s because she had been at a party the night before.

“I can assure you, she is mortified.”

As he spared Devine prison, Sheriff Pettigrew said: “You were five times the limit. The court has to be concerned.

“There were three children in the car and your irresponsible actions placed yourself, the children and the public at large at risk.”

However, Sheriff Pettigrew added that he was satisfied he could deal with Devine by way of an alternative to custody.

He placed her on a Community Payback Order and told her to do 160 hours of unpaid work in nine months, as well as banning her from driving for two years.

The punishments were reduced from 200 hours and 30 months respectively because Devine pleaded guilty, preventing a trial from taking place.