Tayside and Central Scotland

Drink-driver was almost eight times over new limit

A man has been banned from driving and fined after he was caught four times the current drink-driving limit.

A sheriff told Ewan Roy that his "exceptionally high reading" was approaching eight times the limit which will come into force on Friday.

The 23-year-old spent the night in the cells after he was found drunk in his car in Comrie on 2 November.

He was fined £2,000 and banned for 30 months, and will have to re-sit his test before he can drive again.

When tested by police, Roy gave a reading of 152 microgrammes (mcg) of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

The current limit is 35mcg, but it is set to be reduced to 22mcg on Friday.

Roy, of Muthill, admitted the offence at Perth Sheriff Court, and his solicitor said he was seeking help to address an alcohol problem.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis told the forestry worker he had provided "an exceptionally high reading".

He said: "You were well in excess of four times the legal limit to drive.

"If you had committed this offence this coming Friday, or thereafter, you would be about seven times or approaching eight times the legal limit to drive. That puts it in perspective."

Sheriff Foulis decided against having Roy's car seized, as it would have cost the taxpayer more to keep the 12-year-old Ford Fiesta in storage than would be raised from selling it.

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