Police tip off snares drink driver

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A Tobermory businessman was six times over the drink drive limit when he drove off the ferry in Oban to pick up his girlfriend.

Police received an anonymous tip off that Duncan Cattanach, who runs an outdoor clothing shop on Mull, had been drinking so were waiting and watched his car divert from the usual exit route coming off the ferry from Craignure and park up in an area meant only for HGVs.

When officers approached 65-year-old Cattanach of Spennie Begg, Salen Road,  on December 11 this year he was in the driver’s seat with his head back and eyes closed. After failing a roadside breath test he was arrested and taken to the town’s police station where he entirely co-operated.

Cattanach was fined £700 and  banned from driving for three years at Oban Sheriff Court last week where he admitted having had 137 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, exceeding the prescribed limit of 22 micrograms.

He had been on his way to pick-up his girlfriend who was coming from Glasgow on the train when the couple had a fall-out, that was why he decided to drink alcohol, the court was told.

Sheriff Simon Fraser told him: ‘You were a complete menace on the road.’