Sergeant guilty of drink driv­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

AN ARMY sergeant ma­jor has been fined £2,000 and had his driv­ing li­cence en­dorsed with 10 penalty points af­ter plead­ing guilty to drink driv­ing.

Matthew Wil­liam John McHale, 41, from Glos­sop, ap­peared in Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court last Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 2.

The court heard McHale ap­peared ‘ drunk’ when he was seen leav­ing the Clachaig Inn, Glen­coe, on March 26, 2016. The po­lice were con­tacted and ar­rived just be­fore 1am.

McHale was found to have 237mg of al­co­hol in 100ml of blood, ex­ceed­ing the limit of 50mg in 100ml of blood – more than four times over the limit.

The court heard McHale had come to the area with his brother to go climb­ing.

It was claimed in court that McHale ‘ would not be able to main­tain his job’ if he lost his li­cence.

Sher­iff Wil­liam Tay­lor handed out the fine and points but added McHale's char­ac­ter references had been ‘ex­tremely glowing’.

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