Five-times limit driver banned

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An Oban man has been banned from driving and fined £1,000 after admitting 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 at Oban Sheriff Court last week after sentencing was deferred on May 20 for the court to obtain criminal justice and social work reports, as well as a restriction of liberty order.

Police officers were on uniformed mobile patrol in Oban town centre on George Street at 1.40am on May 19 when they saw a car travel towards them. They saw the vehicle’s front tire clip the kerb.

The court previously heard how police pursued the vehicle and described the driving manner as swerving from the kerb to the centre line.

When the car stopped, police noticed immediately Campbell was slurring his words.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes disqualified Campbell from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 16 months, to be reduced to 12 months if he passes a drink driver rehabilitation course paid out of his own pocket. As well as the £1,000 fine, his licence was endorsed.

Campbell’s vehicle, which still had £11,000 outstanding on it, was seized by police at the time.

The court heard from Campbell’s partner how not having a car would seriously effect the family as the financial obligation would remain and she would not be able to afford another vehicle.