A SHEEP farmer was spotted by police writing on paper against the steering wheel of the vehicle she was driving, Selkirk Sheriff Court has been told.

Officers followed Hazel Brown and observed the vehicle swerving and unable to hold a steady line and even crossing into the opposite carriageway.

The 59-year-old of Temple, near Gorebridge, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving on the A72 road east of Peebles on January 23.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said officers stopped the vehicle and found a large marker pen with the top removed with paperwork underneath.

He said she had been offered a fixed penalty of three penalty points and a £100 fine but she had not responded.

Defence lawyer Greg McDonnel said his client had forgot to make the payment.

Sheriff David Hall fined her £200 and imposed three penalty points on her licence.