Oban man admits drink driving

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An Oban man has admitted driving his car despite being five times over the drink limit.

Donald Samuel Campbell, of 9 Shuna Terrace, Soroba, pleaded guilty to driving on May 19 after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in his breath was 118 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, when the legal limit is 22mg in 100ml.

The 31-year-old appeared in Oban Sheriff Court on Monday May 20 but sentence was deferred for the court to obtain criminal justice and social work reports, as well as a restriction of liberty order.

Procurator fiscal Eoin McGinty said: ‘At 1.40am, police officers were on uniformed mobile patrol in Oban town centre on George Street when they saw a car travel towards them. They saw the vehicle’s front tire clip the kerb.’

Police pursued the vehicle and described the driving manner as ‘swerving from the kerb to the centre line.

‘Police put on blue lights and the car stopped. They noticed immediately he was slurring his words.’

Sheriff Patrick Hughes said: ‘This is an extremely high reading so the court will consider all options.’

The procurator fiscal made a motion for forfeiture of the vehicle.  Consideration of this will continue until sentencing on June 19.

Until then, the vehicle has been seized and Campbell has been disqualified in the interim from holding or obtaining a driving licence.