Tayside and Central Scotland

'Astronomical' drink drive level man sentenced

A man caught driving in Dundee city centre with an "astronomical" breath alcohol reading has been banned from the road for three years.

A court heard Mark Smith was nearly six times the drink drive limit when he was stopped beside the Overgate Shopping Centre in October.

His solicitor said the 32-year-old had "no recollection" of driving the vehicle.

Smith, of Dundee, was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Dundee Sheriff Court was told it was Smith's second conviction for drink driving.

Defence solicitor John Boyle said: "He has no recollection of driving the vehicle and has no idea why he would do such a thing.

"He now realises he has a difficulty with binge drinking.

"It is an astronomical reading."

Sheriff Alastair Brown told Smith: "I want to underline that drink drivers kill and injure people.

"You were not only putting yourself at risk but other people as well."

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