Roy Bridge electrician banned and fined for drink driving

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An electrician from Roy Bridge was banned from driving for a year and fined £600 after he admitted a drink-driving offence at Fort William Sheriff Court last week.

Daniel Scott Cockburn, of the village’s Mulroy Terrace, who had no defence agent and represented himself, pleaded guilty that on September 29 on the A86 road between Roy Bridge and Roughburn, he drove a car with a breath alcohol reading of 74mgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Procurator fiscal Matthew Kerr told Sheriff Eilidh MacDonald that police had been alerted and traced Cockburn’s vehicle about 10pm on the day in question.

‘The accused’s vehicle was swerving all over the road before it stopped,’ said Mr Kerr.

‘Police officers speaking to the driver then noticed a strong smell of alcohol and the subsequent breath test produced a positive result and the accused was taken to Fort William police station.’

Cockburn, 30, told the court he was a father of two children and lived with them and his wife in Roy Bridge. He also explained he was a self-employed electrician.

He confirmed that he took no issue with anything contained in the fiscal’s narrative of events.

Sheriff MacDonald said she would certify Cockburn as suitable to undertake the drink-drive rehabilitation course, which if successfully completed, could see Cockburn obtain a discount on the length of his ban from the roads of up to three months.