Man ad­mits be­ing blaz­ing drunk at the wheel of a car

Evening Times - - NEWS - By HAN­NAH RODGER

A MAN told po­lice he was “blaz­ing” when he was caught drunk be­hind the wheel of a car that had run out of petrol.

An­thony McMil­lan, 28, was sit­ting in a car in Shaw­lands when po­lice passed by, and no­ticed other mem­bers of the pub­lic were push­ing the ve­hi­cle.

The man, who had been pre­vi­ously dis­qual­i­fied for driv­ing, told po­lice it wasn’t his car and he was “just steer­ing” it as it had bro­ken down.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on March 25 this year at around 3am on Lang­side Av­enue in the South Side.

When the po­lice of­fi­cers ap­proached McMil­lan they could strongly smell al­co­hol com­ing from him and asked when the last time was that he’d had a drink.

McMil­lan replied: “I’m blaz­ing, I know that... prob­a­bly about an hour ago.”

The 28-year-old ap­peared at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court for sen­tenc­ing this week be­fore Sher­iff Cameron, hav­ing pleaded guilty at trial. The procu­ra­tor fis­cal told the court: “He was sit­ting in the driver’s seat with his hands on the steer­ing wheel and keys in the ig­ni­tion.

“He got out and said ‘I’m just steer­ing it, it’s not my car.’

“The of­fi­cers no­ticed he was strongly smelling of al­co­hol and stum­bled on his feet.”

McMil­lan was breathal­ysed by the of­fi­cers and found to be more than three times over the drinkdrive limit.

McMil­lan’s lawyer said his choice of the word “blaz­ing” had been “ap­pro­pri­ate given his read­ing” and ex­plained the cir­cum­stances of the of­fence were “highly un­usual”.

He ex­plained his client was un­aware he was still dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing, as he didn’t know he had to pass an ex­tended test in or­der to drive again af­ter a pre­vi­ous ban.

He said: “He was told the car has bro­ken down and he was try­ing to help, as he saw it.”

Sher­iff Cameron or­dered McMil­lan, of Brox­burn Road, to do 90 hours of un­paid work within three months, and banned him for driv­ing for a year. A VI­O­LENT thug punched a woman in the face for no rea­son while she was do­ing her job.

James Stew­art, 30, swung for the Lidl em­ployee who was work­ing at the Duke Street store on March 18, 2016.

He had gone in to the shop around 6.30pm and the woman, along with a col­league, had ap­proached him.

Stew­art had then “flung his arm back and punched [the vic­tim] to the jaw.” The po­lice were con­tacted. De­tails of his ex­ploits were heard be­fore Sher­iff Cameron at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court this week, af­ter Stew­art pleaded guilty to as­sault.

Sher­iff Cameron said: “From what I have been told this was an un­pro­voked at­tack on an in­no­cent per­son go­ing about her daily work. “You could be go­ing to jail.” His sen­tence was de­ferred for three months to al­low for progress re­ports.

McMil­lan ad­mit­ted the of­fence when he ap­peared be­fore Glas­gow Sher­iff Court

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