Man found slumped at wheel of car banned

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A MAN found slumped at the steer­ing wheel of his car out­side the gates of the re­cy­cling cen­tre at Fort Wil­liam has been banned from driv­ing for a year and fined £ 360.

Ed­ward Adams, of Ard­nevis Road, Clag­gan, Fort Wil­liam, ap­peared in Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court on Thurs­day July 20 af­ter af­ter plead­ing guilty to be­ing un­fit to drive through drink or drugs on De­cem­ber 1 last year.

The court heard Adams, 59, an elec­tri­cian with NHS High­land, had been found slumped at the steer­ing wheel of his car out­side the gates of the re­cy­cling cen­tre at Fort Wil­liam.

Adams’ de­fence agent, Hamish Mel­rose, told Sher­iff Eilidh MacDon­ald his client had gone to the re­cy­cling cen­tre to try to re­trieve a lawn­mower be­long­ing to his sis­ter which he had dis­posed of the pre­vi­ous day.

The cen­tre was still not open to the pub­lic at that time of day, but a staff mem­ber had heard a car en­gine revving out­side the gates and on in­spec­tion dis­cov­ered Adams in his car and con­tacted po­lice and an am­bu­lance.

The court heard Adams’ speech and move­ments were slow and he was taken to Belford Hospi­tal in the town where he told staff he was on pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion.

Sher­iff MacDon­ald dis­qual­i­fied Adams from driv­ing for one year but said if he com­pleted a drink- drive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion course he would get a three-month re­duc­tion in the length of his ban.

Adams was also fined £ 360 and had his li­cence en­dorsed.

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