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Driver jailed for 83-year-old's death in East Lothian

A man who admitted causing the death of a grandfather by driving carelessly while over the alcohol limit has been jailed for two years and three months.

A court heard Peter Mechan's car pulled out in front of a vehicle in which Lewis Leslie, 83, was a passenger.

George Montgomery, who was driving Mr Leslie in east Lothian, was unable to avoid Mechan's car and crashed into it. Mr Leslie died two days later.

The crash took place on the A198 near Prestonpans on 11 August 2009.

Passing sentence at the High Court in Glasgow, Lady Dorian said 34-year-old Mechan's decision to drink and drive meant that only a custodial sentence was appropriate.

Lady Dorian said: "The degree of carelessness involved in your actual driving was relatively low.

"However the level of alcohol in your bloodstream was not, and the decision to drive when under the influence of alcohol is a factor which significantly increases the seriousness of your action.

"The calculated decision involved in the offence makes me conclude that only a custodial sentence would be appropriate.

"However, I am satisfied that there are mitigating factors which enable me to limit that sentence."

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