‘Frank and honest’ driver loses licence

Oban Sheriff Court in Albany Street

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A young motorist effectively handed himself in to the police after drink-driving.

Oban Sheriff Court heard last week that Owen MacKinnon, aged 26, of Kenmore Villa, Soroba Road, Oban, called the police in the early hours of July 20 this year.

When officers went to Glenshellach Road, Oban, they found his Ford Fiesta in the middle of the road leaking oil. MacKinnon accepted he had been driving and then failed the roadside breath test.

At Oban Police Station the subsequent test gave a reading of 79 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath; the legal limit is 22.

His defence agent Jane McLaren said: ‘He himself contacted the police as the car had gone off the road.’

She added: ‘He understands that he will lose his licence today; he has been completely frank and honest.’

Sheriff Patrick Hughes noted that MacKinnon had pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity; he fined him £300 with a £20 victim surcharge and disqualified him from driving for 12 months.

MacKinnon was told that if he completes a driver rehabilitation course successfully at his own expense his driving ban will be reduced by three months.