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.
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 430 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News