Farmer banned from road

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

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.”

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