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Young driver banned for four years

A SHETLAND boy racer was banned for four years at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday after admitting crashing his car while one and a half times the legal limit.

Other road users were stunned by the speed Gary Lockyer of 4 Whitelaw Road, Aith, zoomed past them when they were overtaken just outside Lerwick on the afternoon of 22 December.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told the court that they were not surprised when they spotted Lockyer’s car in a ditch at the Laxfirth junction, a few miles further north.

The court also heard that the 22 year old crashed his car at a time he already had an anti-social behavior order for his bad driving imposed on him.

A blood sample taken from Lockyer six hours after the accident revealed that he was over the legal limit.

Defence solicitor Tommy Allan said the accident had already cost his client dear. Not only had the car to be written off, he also ended up in hospital and had to pay £600 to the council for damaged road signs.

Sheriff Philip Mann told Lockyer that this was an “alarming offence” which had posed a significant danger to the public.

After hearing that Lockyer had a previous conviction for drink driving, the sheriff disqualified him for four years and fined him £800.

Lockyer can reduced the period of disqualification by a full year should he successfully complete a drink drivers’ rehabilitation course.