Drink driver banned for three years

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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