Farm worker rolled car while on cock­tail of pre­scrip­tion drugs

COURT: Coupar An­gus man handed fine and ban over in­ci­dent on A94

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - MARK MACKAY mmackay@the­

A Coupar An­gus man rolled his car on the A94 while un­der the in­flu­ence of a cock­tail of pow­er­ful pre­scrip­tion drugs.

Robin Fil­shie had taken “a va­ri­ety of con­trolled sub­stances”, in­clud­ing mor­phine, be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel.

The farm worker ac­cepted his abil­ity to drive had been se­verely im­paired and he had been guilty of a se­ri­ous fail­ure of judg­ment.

Po­lice of­fi­cers found his Ford Kuga car aban­doned shortly af­ter mid­night on Fe­bru­ary 10 this year af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports a ve­hi­cle had been in­volved in an ac­ci­dent.

Call­ers sug­gested it had suf­fered “ex­ten­sive crash dam­age”.

“When the of­fi­cers ar­rived it ap­peared to them the ve­hi­cle had rolled in the road­way,” de­pute fis­cal Carol Whyte told Perth Sher­iff Court.

“Airbags had de­ployed, the ve­hi­cle was still warm and head­lights were on.”

The of­fi­cers sub­se­quently traced Fil­shie around an hour later walk­ing on an un­clas­si­fied road near Kin­rossie.

“He seemed to be un­der the in­flu­ence of drink or drugs and was un­steady on his feet,” the de­pute fis­cal added.

“He gave a neg­a­tive road­side breath test but was then asked to un­der­take a pre­lim­i­nary im­pair­ment test, which he per­formed poorly.

“He could not com­plete the walk and turn test, nor the one leg stand test.”

The 39-year-old was taken to Perth Royal In­fir­mary where medics took a specimen of blood.

It proved pos­i­tive for a va­ri­ety of con­trolled sub­stances, though so­lic­i­tor Kevin Lan­caster ex­plained his client was tak­ing them all legally.

“He was be­ing pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion at the time of the of­fence,” the agent said.

“He had taken them this evening. Ob­vi­ously he made a se­ri­ous er­ror in judg­ment when he de­cided to drive. It was his fa­ther’s car.”

Fil­shie, of Plea­sance Road, Coupar An­gus, ad­mit­ted driv­ing on the A94 Perth to Coupar An­gus Road and the un­clas­si­fied road to Lawton Farm while un­fit to drive through drink or drugs.

Sher­iff Gil­lian Wade told him: “This was a se­ri­ous of­fence.”

She fined Fil­shie £450 and banned him from the road for 18 months.

He seemed to be un­der the in­flu­ence of drink or drugs and was un­steady on his feet. CAROL WHYTE, DE­PUTE FIS­CAL

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