Highlands & Islands

Highlands drunk driver 'failed spectacularly' in Perth

An engineer who had been trying to avoid alcohol "failed spectacularly" in his efforts before drink-driving, according to his solicitor.

Graham Mackay, of Conon Bridge, Ross-shire, admitted being almost four times the legal limit for driving on Perth's Ruthvenfield Road on 6 November.

The 43 year old crashed his car in an industrial estate after mistaking its entrance for a turn off onto the A9.

Mackay has been banned from driving for five years.

Appearing at Perth Sheriff Court, he was also ordered to carry out 140 hours work as part of a community pay back order.

The court heard that Mackay, a mechanical design engineer, had been drinking at a hotel before driving.

Ambulance staff called to the scene of his crash alerted police.

Fiscal depute Robbie Brown said: "He told the police he intended getting onto the main A9 and returning home but such was his state he went off into Inveralmond industrial estate."

Solicitor Nicky Brown, defending, said Mackay had a responsible job and realised the seriousness of the situation he had put himself in.

The solicitor said: "This is a man who has been battling an addiction.

"He had arranged to meet a friend in Perth and had initially done the right thing by arranging accommodation.

"For six weeks before this offence he hadn't had any alcohol at all. He had resolved three years ago to go tee-total. It is a significant problem he has.

"He has been largely successful for three years but he failed spectacularly at the weekend."

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