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Drink-driver seen swerving on road

- COURT REPORTER

Police pulled over a motorist seen driving his Audi A4 erraticall­y on the Dundee-Perth dual carriagewa­y.

Forty-five-year-old Thomas Hunter had been swerving between both lanes on the road, Perth Sheriff Court was told.

He initially failed a roadside breath test just after midnight - and later tests revealed he had been behind the wheel with more than four times the legal alcohol limit.

The accused, of Murray Place, Stanley paid the penalty when he was fined £800 and banned for 18 months.

He admitted driving with 97 microgramm­es of alcohol on the A90, at the junction with the unclassifi­ed road leading to Inchmichae­l, on

December 2, 2020.

The maximum allowed is 22 microgramm­es.

A solicitor for the accused said her client had been drinking when he received a phone call from a friend.

“He jumped in the car, with disastrous consequenc­es, and this has all come down on his head.

“He will be selling the car to fund his transport to work.”

He is employed as a shunter, washing and fuelling buses, but would keep his job.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis rejected a plea that Hunter be allowed to take part in a drink/drive rehabilita­tion course.

He told the accused: “In the nicest possible way, you would have known full well you weren’t able to drive.”

The fine will be paid at £100 a month.

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