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Court / Court round up 2 March 2022

A MAN has admitted driving dangerously and causing a crash in Lerwick while more than four times the legal alcohol limit.

David MacDonald, of Aird Crescent, Inverness, pleaded guilty to the two offences, which occurred on 13 February last year.

He drove dangerously by repeatedly weaving back and forth across the middle of the road, resulting in one motorist driving onto the pavement to avoid a collision, only for MacDonald’s car to collide with a second car that was following behind.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the offence took place at around 10pm.

After he had been taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital for treatment, he provided a blood sample to police officers around three hours after the course of driving had taken place.

It showed MacDonald had 208 milligrammes of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 50 milligrammes.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank deferred sentence until 30 March for a criminal justice social work report and imposed an interim driving disqualification.


A TWENTY two year old man has admitted possessing three illegal substances and supplying a small amount of cannabis. 

Connor Preacher, of Lerwick’s Stanegarth, admitted four charges which came to light following a police search of his property on 7 February last year.

Lerwick Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday that the search had been triggered after police stopped a man leaving Preacher’s home address and found one gram of cannabis with a value of around £25.

After a search warrant was obtained they found 82 tablets of class C substance diazepam, 26 class B dihydrocodeine tablets and one morphine pill. They had a cumulative value of just over £100.

Police also recovered a sum of £400 and unearthed social media exchanges where Preacher offered to sell cannabis – a class B substance – to the individual found coming out of his address.

Sentence was deferred until 30 March for a criminal justice social work report to be prepared.


DRIVING at 71mph in a 60mph zone has resulted in a £300 fine and the imposition of three penalty points for a 22 year old man.

Zevf Jay-Lee Vessey, of Havragord, Brae, admitted the offence on the A970 road at Gremista in Lerwick on 23 August last year.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said it was a “straightforward speeding offence with no aggravating features”.

Police did find trace amounts of cannabis contained within a grinder in his vehicle. Vessey also admitted that offence and was admonished.

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