Drink driver banned for three years
A drink driver got behind the wheel while more than five times the limit.
Derek King, 49, has been banned from driving for three years after he was caught under the influence in Old Kilpatrick.
Last week, Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard that members of the public contacted officers at around 7.20pm on May 8 after being concerned over his driving.
Scott Simpson, fiscal depute, said:“When police went to investigate, they found the accused and established he was the driver.
“There was a problem with the machine and blood had to be taken.
“The reading is very high indeed, it is five times the drink driving limit.”
He made a motion for the forfeiture of the car but the court heard the car couldn’t be confiscated because it had been written off during the incident.
The sheriff said he was confused over why this had not been mentioned in the fiscal’s narration but it was heard that the accident was not part of the charge.
The fiscal said:“I was narrating advisedly because I am well aware of what the charge is and requirement that the narrative should relate to the charge.
“I don’t know the circumstances of the accident.”
King, of Hume Street in Clydebank, admitted having 273 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood — exceeding the limit of 50 on Dumbarton Road.
Phil Lafferty, defending, said King cared for his mother and had got behind the wheel because he needed to attend to her.
He said:“It’s not the longest journey that could have been undertaken.
“He has responsibility to care for his mother and while it was a missguided move, he felt there was a need to attend on his mother.
“This offence has been a wake up call for him and it has forced him to confront his drinking.”
Sentencing, Sheriff Simon Pender said:“This is a serious matter.The reading was extremely high. It is almost five-and-ahalf times the limit.”
King was sentenced to a community payback order with 18 months supervision and 300 hours of unpaid work.
He was also handed a three year driving ban, as well as a restriction of liberty order, requiring him to stay in his home between 7am and 7pm for the next three months.