Stirling Observer

Dunblane driver is fined and disqualifi­ed

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A Dunblane driver was fined £900 and disqualifi­ed from driving for 13 months this week.

David Gemmell, of Springfiel­d Court, had admitted failing to provide a specimen of blood at Falkirk Police Office on June 13 last year while drunk in charge of a motor vehicle.

The sample had been required to ascertain the 48-year-old’s ability to drive, or the proportion of alcohol in his blood at the time, on the B9096 Tullibody.

Fiscal depute Lindsey Brooks told the court that police officers spotted a vehicle stopped on the road with its engine running and lights on at 3.30am. The driver’s window was also down.

The officers stopped to check on the welfare of the driver who, Ms Brooks added, was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

When officers spoke with him they noticed that Gemmell’s speech was slurred and his eyes glazed. They told him he was required to give a specimen of breath, but he failed to do so.

Gemmell was taken Falkirk Police Office and“the usual procedure followed”which he complied with, added the fiscal depute. Gemmell was however required to give a sample of blood, but refused to do so.

At Stirling Sheriff Court on Wednesday his agent Ken Dalling told Sheriff Derek Hamilton his client had no previous conviction­s and the matter was out of character.

At the time of the incident there had been a crisis in the accused’s personal life.

Mr Dalling asked Sheriff Hamilton not to disqualify Gemmell from driving as there would be“knock-on effects” relating to his employment if he lost his licence.

But Sheriff Hamilton told Gemmell that he was satisfied that disqualifi­cation from driving, on a conviction of being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle, was“entirely appropriat­e”.

He disqualifi­ed him from driving for 13 months, reduced from 15 due to the guilty plea, and fined him £900 reduced from £1000.

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