A YOUNG driver who struck two parked vehicles while having almost five times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood has been been fined and disqualified.
Drew Hamilton, of Sandveien, Lerwick, also pleaded guilty to being in charge of the vehicle on his own while only in possession of a provisional driving licence, and failing to stop and report the accident.
His reading was 103 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres where 22 micrograms is the legal limit.
Lerwick Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday that 25-year old Hamilton had no recollection of the incident.
Hamilton got behind the wheel in a car park near his home in the evening of 11 December following some heavy drinking during a family event.
Reversing his car into two parked vehicles, he caused £3,000 worth of damage to one of the cars he struck. The damage to the other vehicle was minor.
Defence solicitor Tommy Allan said he was impressed by the level or remorse his client had shown.
Sheriff Ian Cruickshank banned Hamilton for one year and fined him £800.
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