Five times over drink drive limit

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - INTIMATIONS -

Farm worker Wo­j­ciech Lech thought he had the day off work and de­cided to have a drink.

But he then found out that he might have to work later that day … and stopped drink­ing four hours be­fore de­cid­ing to re­turn home.

But a court heard that this hadn’t been soon enough for on his re­turn trip home he lost con­trol of his car and crashed into a gran­ite gatepost break­ing it in half.

And it re­sulted in 41-yerar-old Lech, of Bil­lies Farm, Kel­ton, Cas­tle Dou­glas, ap­pear­ing be­fore the sher­iff at Dum­fries and ad­mit­ting driv­ing with more than five times the per­mit­ted drink limit in his breath and also driv­ing care­lessly and col­lid­ing with the gatepost.

Fis­cal de­pute Pamela Rhodes said that there was con­sid­er­able dam­age to the car and two friends found him sit­ting in the car and took him home.

Po­lice were no­ti­fied and Lech was breath tested about half an hour later.

So­lic­i­tor Gavin Orr said Lech claimed he had been turn­ing the ra­dio down and was“fid­dling”with it when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened.

And he added that Lech also said he had had a drink on re­turn­ing home be­fore be­ing breath tested.

Sher­iff Ross Mac­Far­lane pointed out that Lech had a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion in 2013 and or­dered back­ground re­ports and de­ferred a mo­tion by the fis­cal for the for­fei­ture of the car to Novem­ber 29.

■ A 69-year-old man is to face a charge of driv­ing dan­ger­ously on the A75 road near Car­ruther­stown.

James Kerr, of Wood­side Av­enue, Clarence­field, pleaded not guilty at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court to have driven at up to 103 miles an hour on the 60 limit road in wet con­di­tions in Oc­to­ber last year. Trial has been set for Fe­bru­ary.

■ A 34-year-old mo­torist is to face trial on a charge of driv­ing dan­ger­ously on a 23-mile stretch of the A75 in the Ste­wartry and re­mov­ing his jumper while con­tin­u­ing to drive.

Pa­trick McClay, from Ne­warthill, Mother­well, pleaded not guilty to driv­ing in an ag­gres­sive and er­ratic man­ner in ex­ces­sively close prox­im­ity to pre­ced­ing ve­hi­cles be­tween Springholm and Auchen­larie Hol­i­day Park and over­tak­ing when not ap­pro­pri­ate and caus­ing other driv­ers to take eva­sive ac­tion to avoid a col­li­sion. The trial at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court has been set for Fe­bru­ary.

■ A 51-year-old woman ac­cused of driv­ing with more than five times the per­mit­ted drink limit in her breath, has had her trial at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court put back un­til Fe­bru­ary.

Al­lison Bolton, of Wal­lace Drive, Lochmaben, pleaded not guilty to com­mit­ting the of­fence at Wal­lace Drive in July.

She also de­nied driv­ing care­lessly and re­vers­ing into a parked ve­hi­cle and fail­ing to re­port the ac­ci­dent as soon as rea­son­ably prac­ti­ca­ble.

■ Two mo­tor­cy­clists are set to face trial next month on charges of rid­ing their ma­chines at up to 130 miles an hour on the A713 Cas­tle Dou­glas to Ayr Road be­tween Par­ton and Dalry.

Arin Cirik, 27, of Walker Av­enue, Troon, and 35-year-old Sean Reid, of Car­rick Road, Ayr, pleaded not guilty at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court to sep­a­rate charges of trav­el­ling at grossly ex­ces­sive speeds in the face of ob­vi­ous and po­ten­tial dan­gers in April.

■ An An­nan man is to face trial on a charge of as­sault­ing an­other man by at­tempt­ing to strike him with a glass, seiz­ing him by the cloth­ing and kick­ing him on the head and body.

Craig Mar­shall, of Queensberry Street, An­nan, pleaded not guilty to com­mit­ting the of­fence at nearby Rose Street in March.

He also de­nied a fur­ther charge of as­sault­ing the man by bran­dish­ing a knuck­le­duster at him.

Trial was set for Fe­bru­ary at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court.

■ A 41-year-old woman who twice stole a quan­tity of drink from a Dum­fries shop, has been made the sub­ject of a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der with a con­di­tion she carry out 100 hours un­paid work.

Tracey Holden, of Ne­wall Ter­race, Dum­fries, pleaded guilty at the town’s Sher­iff Court to com­mit­ting the two of­fences at the T. B. Wat­son shop in nearby English Street in Oc­to­ber.

She also ad­mit­ted be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner, shout­ing and swear­ing and mak­ing racial re­marks, and, at the Lore­burn Street Po­lice Sta­tion, as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer by at­tempt­ing to bit him.

■ A fine of £300 has been im­posed by the Sher­iff at Dum­fries on a 31-year-old man who was in pos­ses­sion of cannabis and co­caine at South­er­ness Hol­i­day Vil­lage.

Stu­art Beat­tie, from Tar­bolton, ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting the of­fences at South­er­ness in June.

■ A 36-year-old man is to face trial at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court on a charge of steal­ing a hedge trim­mer.

Mark Hunter, of Hill­side Drive, Dum­fries, pleaded not guilty to com­mit­ting the of­fence at Hill­side Court in Oc­to­ber.

Trial has been set for Fe­bru­ary.

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