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Bad driving

A FALKIRK man was warned he may well go to prison after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified in Shetland.

Lerwick Sheriff Court heard that 31 year old Alan McNaughton, of 147 Carmuirs Avenue, already had two previous convictions for the same offence.

McNaughton also pled guilty to driving without insurance on Lerwick’s Esplanade on 10 November last year.

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Sheriff Philip Mann called for reports, deferring sentence until 4 March, and told McNaughton that he was in a “precarious position”.

Sandwick 26 year old Dan Inkster was disqualified for almost four years after being convicted for drink driving for the second time.

Inkster, of Southerhouse, Hoswick, had three times the legal level of alcohol in his blood when he was stopped by police on Lerwick’s North Road in the early hours of 14 December.

He was told that he could reduce the ban by 11 months if he completed a drink drivers rehabilitation course.

Meanwhile 33 year old youth worker Ryan Jamieson, also from Sandwick, was lucky to keep his licence after he admitted driving at 91 mph on the A970 at Fladdabister, on 13 October.

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Sheriff Philip Mann said that in future he would come down harder on people driving so fast.

“It could be seen as a dereliction of duty if I don’t disqualify people driving at such speeds”, he told the court.

Instead Jamieson, of Skelbo Cottage, Hoswick, was fined £400 and had his licence endorsed with six penalty points.

Finally a young Bixter man was taken off the road for 16 months after pleading guilty to drink driving at Lerwick’s Market Street.

Paul Forrest, of Semblister, was found to be more than twice the limit when stopped by police in the early hours of 22 December.

The 20 year old was also fined £600 and told that he could reduce his ban by four months if he completes a drink driver rehabilitation course.

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