Balvicar mo­torist fined £500

The Oban Times - - News -

A BALVICAR man lost his driv­ing li­cence af­ter he ad­mit­ted drink- driv­ing on June 6 this year on the B844 south of Kil­nin­ver.

Rod­er­ick McDon­ald, 49, of 2 Clachan Dubh Cot­tage, was banned at Oban Sher­iff Court last week af­ter he was found to be nine mi­cro­grammes over the le­gal drink- drive limit.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty said a pass­ing mo­torist found McDon­ald’s BMW crashed in a ditch and ex­ten­sively dam­aged. The driver checked the ve­hi­cle, found no one but saw that the airbags had been de­ployed and called the po­lice. He later passed McDon­ald walk­ing home and of­fered him a lift, but he de­clined say­ing a friend was on the way.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing McDon­ald went to Oban Po­lice Sta­tion and re­ported that he had crashed his car. When breathal­ysed he gave a read­ing of 31 mcg al­co­hol in 100ml breath; the le­gal limit is 22.

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son said: ‘ He waited, but he didn’t wait long enough.’

McDon­ald’s defence agent said: ‘He ac­cepts he was drink­ing the night be­fore.’

McDon­ald was fined £ 500 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for a year.

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