Five times over drink drive limit
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.