Driver col­lided with cars af­ter drink­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

A MULL driver has been banned for 20 months and fined more than £1,000 for driv­ing while three times over the al­co­hol limit, col­lid­ing with two parked cars and then ly­ing to the po­lice.

James Wil­liam Boa, 23, of An­tium Farm, Glen Road, Der­vaig, pleaded guilty to driv­ing a car with­out due care and at­ten­tion, while mea­sur­ing 75mg of al­co­hol in 100ml of breath where the drink- driv­ing limit is 22mg, on Tober­mory’s Main Street on the night of Fe­bru­ary 12.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty told Oban Sher­iff Court on Mon­day June 19 that po­lice re­ceived re­ports of the col­li­sions and that the driver had fled the scene. Boa also called the po­lice to say he had hit a parked car.

‘The ac­cused said he had had a cou­ple of drinks and gone home,’ Mr McGinty said. Boa later ad­vised po­lice he was stay­ing in a lo­cal ho­tel, where they found ‘the front of the ac­cused’s car com­pletely caved in’. All three cars had ‘ex­ten­sive dam­age’.

‘His re­ply was he was driv­ing the ve­hi­cle but not drink­ing.’ He failed a breath test, but said he had con­sumed the al­co­hol af­ter the in­ci­dent. Mr McGinty added: ‘He was seen to leave the pub, throw-up on the street, wipe his mouth and then get in the car.’

De­fence agent Wil­liam Mackay said: ‘It was an act of gross stu­pid­ity, and he is go­ing to pay a penalty. He de­cided to drive home, which clearly was not wise. He did at least tele­phone [the po­lice], even if he was try­ing to cover his tracks.’

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son said: ‘He called them and told them lies.’ She dis­qual­i­fied Boa from driv­ing for 20 months and fined him £1,080.

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