Farmer banned from road
A farmer crashed his pick-up truck down an embankment as he drove home drunk from watching Scotland play in the Six Nations rugby tournament.
Hugh Thomson, who has been a director of the Perth Show, veered off the road after running into the back of another car stopped at red traffic lights.
When police arrived they found Thomson smelling strongly of alcohol and he was more than three times over the legal drink drive limit.
Yesterday at Perth Sheriff Court, Thomson was banned from driving for 12 months and fined £600 by Sheriff Derek Reekie.
Thomson, 48, West Park, Aberfeldy, admitted driving with excess alcohol (75/22 mics) on the A827 at Grandtully, Perthshire, on March 10 this year.
Fiscal depute Carol Whyte told the court: “The accused came to the attention of another road user. His vehicle had gone off the road and was down an embankment.
“A member of the public could smell alcohol from him and contacted the police.”
Solicitor David Holmes, defending, said: “It was his last night before a lengthy period of lambing was about to start. This was entirely out of character.”