A MAN who drove while nearly four times the legal alcohol limit has been banned from the road for more than a year.
Kevin McGuire, of Braehead, Mossbank, pleaded guilty to driving on 12 June last year with 82 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 22 microgrammes.
Lerwick Sheriff Court heard on Thursday that McGuire had unexpectedly turned up at the home of his former partner – with whom he has children – and was slurring his words, had a glazed look and smelled strongly of alcohol.
McGuire’s defence agent said his 32-year old client had met his former partner and her new partner and “some form of gesturing occurred”. His client had “brooded on this” before deciding to visit the house later in the day.
McGuire understood he would lose his licence, which would “significantly impact” on his ability to take his children out when he has access to them, but accepted he was the “author of his own misfortune”.
Sheriff Ian Cruickshank disqualified him for 14 months, which can be reduced by a quarter if he completes a drink driving rehabilitation course, fined him £600 and imposed a victim surcharge of £40.
MEANWHILE, a sixty nine year old man who admitted driving carelessly on a Shetland road last autumn has been fined and given penalty points.
Eugeniusz Jaworski, of Lerwick’s Annsbrae Place, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention by executing an overtaking manoeuvre in the face of an oncoming vehicle on the A970 at the Brig of Fitch on 23 September last year.
Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday that Jaworski’s was a “classic example of a man in a hurry carrying out a very badly judged overtaking manoeuvre”.
Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client, who has been driving for over 50 years, accepted his responsibility for the incident.
Sheriff Cruickshank fined Jaworski £450 and imposed a victim surcharge of £20, along with five penalty points.
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