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A MAN who drove on roads near Sumburgh Airport while intoxicated has been banned from driving.

Sixty-five-year-old Kenneth Nicolson of Quoyness in Whiteness admitted driving over the legal limit on 24 August this year.

Lerwick Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday that other motorists had seen Nicolson braking well in advance of hazards, failing to maintain lane discipline and driving excessively slowly.

He had driven to the airport and then drove to Grutness, where he parked his car. A driver who had been following him went over to ask if he was OK but called the police when he smelled alcohol on him.

Defence agent Kathryn Gordon said that Nicolson had driven for 49 years without incident and had fully co-operated with the police.

Nicolson admitted driving with 90 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, when the limit is 22.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank fined him £600 and banned him from driving for a year. He also gave him the opportunity of removing one-quarter of his ban by completing the drink drivers rehabilitation course.