Dangerous driving charges are denied
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.