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Drink driver disqualified

| Written by Shetland News

GETTING behind the wheel to resume a night out has resulted in a £650 fine and a 14-month disqualification from driving for an 18 year old deck officer cadet.

Lewis Fraser, of Nederdale, Lerwick, admitted driving on 15 October this year at the Burns Lane car park and Hill Lane with 67 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 22mcg. Fraser also admitted driving without insurance.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the incident occurred at around 12.40am.

Fraser had been on a night out and got a taxi home after becoming separated from his friends, but defence agent Tommy Allan said he then made the “stupid decision” to get behind the wheel of his mother’s car to resume the night out.

Allan described it as “very out of character” for Fraser, who started as a deck officer cadet in September and hopes the conviction won’t jeopardise his chances of getting the US visa he requires as part of his training.

He added that his client was adamant it will be the “first and last time he’ll find himself in this situation”.

Sheriff Philip Mann disqualified him, describing it as an “incredibly stupid thing to do – by succumbing to temptation you were putting yourself at risk, and more importantly putting the public at risk.”

He hoped it would be a “salutary lesson” and offered Fraser the chance to reduce his disqualification period by four months if he completes a drink driving awareness course.

A THIRTY three year old woman who performed a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre on the main A970 road has been fined £250 and handed three penalty points.

Carol Stewart, of Brough, Whalsay, admitted driving without due care and attention or reasonable consideration for other road users by overtaking into the face of an oncoming vehicle. It caused two other drivers to brake excessively to prevent a collision.

A CHEF has pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving while more than four times over the legal alcohol limit.

John Diamond, of Milton Brown, Weston Super Mare, is charged with driving on the A970 Lerwick-Brig o Fitch road between Blackhill Industrial Estate and the Ladies Drive junction with 96 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath

A trial date has been set for 1 February next year.

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