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Court / Driver admits one drink driving charge but denies another

A FORTY eight year old man pleaded guilty to driving while almost seven times the legal alcohol limit when he appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday.

Matthew Willmott, of Lower Voe, admitted to committing the offence on 21 August but is pleading not guilty to a second drink driving charge which is alleged to have taken place seven days later.

He was recorded as having 146 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath on the A970 road between Veensgarth, Tingwall and the North Road and Esplanade in Lerwick, as well as at Victoria Pier and other roads in the town. The legal alcohol limit is 22 microgrammes.

Sentence was deferred on that matter until 15 September, with Willmott being disqualified from driving as of today.

Willmott is further charged with driving while almost four times the legal limit in a layby on the northbound A970 near Voe on Saturday (28 August).

A trial date has been set for 4 October.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the crown would be seeking forfeiture of Willmott’s vehicle next month, and sheriff Ian Cruickshank ordered for the vehicle to be detained in the meantime.

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