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Six-times drink drive limit man Graeme Smith jailed for four months

Graeme Smith Image copyright PPA
Image caption Graeme Smith was also banned from driving for five years

A Dundee man was found sleeping in a car at the side of a dual carriageway while he was six times over the legal alcohol limit, a court heard.

Graeme Smith was slumped in his car on the A90 with the door open and an empty bottle of vodka sitting in the central console.

Smith, who has two previous drink driving convictions, was jailed for four months.

His solicitor said the case had been a "wake-up call."

The 40-year-old offshore worker was also disqualified from driving for five years.

Depute fiscal Rebecca Kynaston told the court: "The accused's vehicle had been seen driving erratically.

"It was found on the grass verge of the A90 Perth to Dundee road ten minutes later.

"Witnesses approached and found the engine running. The accused was slumped over in his seat, asleep.

"The driver's door was open. There was a strong smell of alcohol from within the vehicle.

"On speaking to the accused, his speech was found to be slurred and he clearly appeared drunk. "

Detox programme

Smith, Glenmarkie Terrace, Dundee, admitted driving with excess breath alcohol on the A90 near Errol, Perthshire, on 1 March.

Defence solicitor Ross Donnelly said: "This has served as something of a wake up call for him.

He has been given a place on an intensive detox programme at Murray Royal Hospital.

"He recognises and has admitted he has an alcohol problem."

The court was told that Smith had previously been banned for a year for drink driving in 2007 and for five years for drunk and careless driving in June 2009.

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