Twelve-month ban and £1,000 fine for drink driver

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A man has been fined £1,000 and been disqualified from driving for one year after drink driving.

Douglas Christopher Mcclymont, of 3 Carey Road, Saltcoats, admitted to being more than twice over the limit on November 5.

Procurator fiscal, David Glancy, told the court on Monday February 24 that Mcclymont was staying in hotel in Adfern for work and had arrived the night before.

‘It was a fairly sociable evening,’ Mr Glancy added. ‘A considerable amount of drink was consumed.’

He said Mcclymont was assisted upstairs at around 12.30am and the following morning he set off in a car.

Following an incident the accused became directly involved with the police, who spoke to him at around 9.50am.

He then failed the road-side breath test and was arrested and brought to Oban Police Station.

In his defence, Mcclymont’s solicitor said: ‘He has gone to bed and woke up and thought he was fit to drive, when clearly he was not. He would not be the first person to make that mistake.’

Sheriff Patrick Hughes said: ‘There’s a real lack of awareness among the public to how long alcohol remains in the system after an episode of heavy drinking.’

Sheriff Hughes banned Mcclymont from driving for 12 months, which will be reduced to nine if he completes a drink drivers rehabilitation programme and fined him £1,000.