Golf buggy drink-driver Colin Peat fined
A man who admitted driving an electric golf buggy down a main road while drunk has been fined and banned from driving for six years.
Colin Peat, a co-director of Scotland's biggest demolition firm, had been drinking all day at a charity event before taking the cart for a drive.
The 47-year-old was nearly five times the legal limit when he was caught on Stirling Road, Larbert, on 5 June.
Peat was also ordered to perform unpaid work in place of prison.
Falkirk Sheriff Court heard that a friend of Peat's was in the passenger seat of the buggy, with another man clinging to his back.
He had taken the cart, which belonged to a friend, intending to park it among vehicles lined up for sale in a nearby used car lot.
But the first vehicle to pass them after they set off was a police car, the court was told.
Prosecutor Ann Orr said officers spotted the cart about 23:55 on 5 June as it was going round the North Broomage roundabout in Larbert, which links the A9 and the M876 slip road.
The depute fiscal said: "Both officers immediately noticed a strong smell of alcohol from the accused's breath. He freely admitted he had been drinking all day and he said he'd just had a drink before driving the buggy.
"There was a bottle of beer in the buggy. He said the buggy had been driven from Glenbervie Golf Club and it belonged to a friend of his."
Peat, from Bonnybridge, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving without insurance.
Defence solicitor Gordon Addison said Peat, who is co-director of Central Demolition Ltd., had decided to move the golf cart as a joke.
Mr Addison said it had been "an unusual and somewhat silly escapade".
He said: "As is sometimes the case, men in drink make bad decisions, and a decision was made that they'd take the buggy and line it up among the other cars for sale in the garage by the roundabout, then walk back up to the golf club."
Mr Addison said the incident had caused "shame and embarrassment" to Peat, whose role at Central Demolition required him to drive 45,000 miles a year north and south of the Border pricing contracts. Mr Addison said the loss of his licence would impose "massive costs" on the company.
Sheriff Linda Smith disqualified Peat - whom the court heard was a "serial motoring offender" - for six years, and fined him £400.
She also ordered him to perform 270 hours unpaid work, which she said was as an alternative to a term of imprisonment, and placed him under social work supervision for 18 months.