Van driver seven times le­gal limit

The Oban Times - - News -

A VAN driver who hit a car wait­ing at the Fish­nish ferry ter­mi­nal while al­most seven times over the le­gal limit for al­co­hol has been banned from driv­ing for 32 months and fined £ 500.

Don­ald Milne Kear­ney, 61, of Flat 2, Seani­van, Banavie, Fort Wil­liam, pleaded guilty to driv­ing a van on the A884 Fish­nish Ferry Road, Mull, on Sun­day April 30, af­ter con­sum­ing so much al­co­hol that a test mea­sured 142mg in 100ml of his breath, when the le­gal limit is 22mg.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty told Oban Sher­iff Court on Mon­day May 8: ‘Three wit­nesses were sit­ting in their car wait­ing for a ferry. The time was 4.55pm.

‘As they sat there, a van col­lided with the rear of their ve­hi­cle, caus­ing dam­age to both ve­hi­cles.

‘It was abun­dantly ap­par­ent he was un­der the in­flu­ence. He failed a road­side breath test.’

De­fence agent Jane McLaren said: ‘He has been em­ployed by BT as an en­gi­neer. He has re­signed. I have ad­vised him he will lose his li­cence for quite some time.

‘He ad­vised me he did drink a large amount of al­co­hol on Satur­day night and early Sun­day morn­ing. He tells me he did not have any­thing on the Sun­day.’

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son QC said: ‘A heroic quan­tity must have been drunk. It is amaz­ing he is still alive.’

There was a ‘high level of cul­pa­bil­ity,’ she said, adding: ‘It is seven times the le­gal limit.’

She dis­qual­i­fied Kear­ney for 32 months and fined him £ 500, to be paid within 28 days.

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