Dan­ger­ous driv­ing charges are de­nied

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS -

An east Perthshire man de­nied driv­ing dan­ger­ously - and at ex­ces­sive speed - in a ‘bor­rowed’car when he ap­peared from cus­tody at Perth Sher­iff Court on Mon­day, March 20.

Thirty-seven-year-old James Mather, of The Black­bird Inn, Alyth, is also ac­cused of driv­ing in a built-up area with­out lights, where there were pedes­tri­ans, and mount­ing the near­side grass verge.

Fur­ther charges al­lege that he was be­hind the wheel while he was al­most four times over the le­gal drink drive limit and had no in­surance cover for the ve­hi­cle.

Mather will face trial on June 23, with an ear­lier hear­ing sched­uled for April 27.

He is said to have taken away the car with­out the owner’s con­sent from The Black­bird Inn on March 19, while sub­ject to a Jan­uary 23 bail or­der from the Perth court.

It is then claimed that he drove with 83 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol on his breath - the le­gal limit is 22 - on Rat­tray High Street and the un­clas­si­fied road be­tween Rat­tray and Alyth.

It is al­leged that he drove dan­ger­ously on the un­clas­si­fied road with­out lights dur­ing the hours of dark­ness and that he failed to keep proper con­trol, cross­ing to the op­pos­ing car­riage­way and then re­turn­ing to the cor­rect side of the road.

Mather, who was rep­re­sented by Perth lawyer Paul Ralph, was freed on bail mean­time.

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