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Ban and fine for drink driver

A MAN from the north east of England who crashed his car off the B9073 between the Black Gaet junction and Scalloway after he bad been drinking has been banned from driving for three years and been given a £750 fine.

Harley Goundry, of Granville Terrace, Binchester, Bishop Auckland, admitted at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to driving while at least one and a half times the legal alcohol limit on 12 December last year.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the 27 year old went off the road at around 4.15pm and the driver of a following vehicle took him to hospital.

Two hours after the accident a blood sample was taken by the police.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client hadn’t taken “very well” to splitting up with his partner and had too much to drink.

He admitted it was lucky neither Goundry or someone else was not seriously hurt.

The solicitor said that his client may lose his job as a sheeter if he ended up losing his licence as expected.

Banning Goundry from the road, sheriff Philip Mann said the minimum disqualification period he could give was three years because he had a similar previous conviction.

The sheriff declined to give him the chance to attend a drink-driver’s rehab course to discount his ban because he failed to take up the opportunity after his previous offence.