Boozed up driver

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A boozed up driver was caught more than four times over the le­gal drink-drive limit when he was stopped by po­lice af­ter col­lid­ing with an­other ve­hi­cle in Wishaw.

Richard Reynolds stood in the dock at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court last week and pleaded guilty to driv­ing a car whilst un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol in Den­holm Drive, Colt­ness, on March 11 this year.

The po­lice breath test showed that Reynolds had 96 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of breath - over four times the le­gal limit of 22 mi­cro­grammes.

Reynolds, of Charles Street, Craigneuk, also ad­mit­ted two other charges against him.

Dur­ing the in­ci­dent in Den­holm Drive, 32-year-old Reynolds drove the car whist un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol, drove his ve­hi­cle at ex­ces­sive speeds and lost con­trol of the car.

Reynolds then al­lowed his car to en­ter the op­pos­ing car­riage­way, mounted a kerb and col­lided with a ve­hi­cle that was parked in the street.

He also ad­mit­ted driv­ing the car with­out in­sur­ance.

In court last week, Reynolds was cleared of fail­ing to co-op­er­ate with a pre­lim­i­nary breath test and fail­ing to stop at the scene of an ac­ci­dent and pro­vide his name and ad­dress.

A charge that the ac­cused re­sisted ar­rest, strug­gled with po­lice of­fi­cers and tried to pre­vent the of­fi­cers from putting hand­cuffs on him was also dropped by The Crown.

Sher­iff Marie Smart de­ferred sen­tence on Reynolds un­til May 3.

Sher­iff Smart also or­dered crim­i­nal jus­tice and so­cial re­ports to be pre­pared for Reynolds’next ap­pear­ance in court and for a Re­stric­tion of Lib­erty Or­der as­sess­ment to be car­ried out.

Reynolds was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing in the in­terim pe­riod.

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