Win­dow cleaner who took heroin re­ceives three­year drive ban

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A WIN­DOW cleaner who was caught driv­ing his van while un­der the in­flu­ence of heroin has been dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for three years.

Graham Leith, 35, from Sea­side Park, Ardishaig, was ar­rested on March 16 this year, af­ter po­lice spot­ted him sit­ting be­hind the wheel of his parked ve­hi­cle in a layby on the A816, with his en­gine run­ning.

Oban sher­iff court heard on Tues­day, Septem­ber 15, that when the po­lice of­fi­cers drove along­side Leith to speak to him, they de­scribed him as ap­pear­ing ‘ex­tremely pale, shak­ing un­con­trol­lably, and his pupils were di­lated’

They also said they could smell burnt heroin from in­side the car.

Af­ter search­ing the ve­hi­cle, the po­lice of­fi­cers found tin foil on the dash­board, which had been used to smoke the drug, as well as wrap of 0.3g of heroin, with a street value of around £20.

Af­ter be­ing taken to Oban po­lice sta­tion, he tested neg­a­tive for al­co­hol, but a po­lice doc­tor con­firmed that Leith was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs, and cer­ti­fied him un­fit to drive.

De­fend­ing Leith, so­lic­i­tor Laura McManus said that Leith had started us­ing heroin again at the time due to the break-up of a re­la­tion­ship, but has since man­aged to break the habit.

Ms McManus added that the in­ci­dent had re­sulted in his win­dow clean­ing li­cence be­ing re­voked, and he was now un­em­ployed as a con­se­quence of his tak­ing heroin.

Dis­qual­i­fy­ing Leith for driv­ing for three years and fin­ing him £ 300, Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son QC told the con­victed man: ‘I’m sur­prised you didn’t fall off your lad­der. You were jolly lucky.’

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