Man found slumped at wheel of car banned
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.