Driver disqualified for being more than three times over the limit

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A 46-year-old man has been disqualified from driving for  15 months and fined £350 for for drink driving.

Andrew McKillop, of 10 The Grove, Auchterarder, admitted to being more than three times over the limit when he appeared at Oban Sheriff Court on Monday July 15.

Procurator fiscal Laura Mundell said: ‘The time of the offence was 1am. It was a busy Easter weekend.

‘The accused’s vehicle came to the attention of the police officers as the vehicle was slowing down and swerving. They turned their vehicle around and saw the accused carry on at high speed. They activated their blue lights and initially the accused failed to stop.’

Officers followed the accused until his car came to a stop on Soroba Road.

‘They approached the accused,’ Mrs Mundell added. ‘They spoke to him and noted a strong smell of alcohol.’

McKillop provided a positive sample and was taken to Oban Police Station.

In his defence, his solicitor said that he had not intended to be driving that night.

‘He appreciates he has  failed to exercise good judgement and it is not an experience he wishes to repeat.’

Sheriff Patrick Hughes said: ‘This is a serious matter and it was a high reading and it is one that has exposed other road users to considerable risk as well as others who were in your car.’

Sheriff Hughes disqualified McKillop for 15 months and fined him £350.

His disqualification will be reduced by three months if he completes the drink driver’s rehabilitation scheme.