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Stirling law graduate jailed for drink-driving

Ronald Rose
Image caption Ronald Rose was caught driving three and a half times over the limit

A law student will miss the first few months of his post-graduate legal studies course after being jailed for drink-driving.

Ronald Rose, 44, was locked up after being told by a sheriff he posed a danger to the public.

It is the mature student's third conviction for drink-driving.

Rose, of Braco in Perthshire, admitted driving while three and a half times over the limit on 22 June. He was jailed for five months.

Perth Sheriff Court heard that Rose was caught just days before he collected his degree at Stirling University.

He is due to start his post-graduate studies there this autumn.

Fiscal depute Stuart Richardson told the court that police had received a call about Rose from a worried member of the public and were watching for his Citroen C2 car.

Alcohol problem

They saw the vehicle leaving the main road to enter a retail park in Blackford and when they spoke to Rose it was evident he was heavily under the influence.

Solicitor Steve Kelly, defending, said: "He has two prior analogous offences from 10 years and 14 years ago. He expresses his regret and remorse.

"He is a man who wishes to atone for his actions that day. He is in further education. That position could be lost to him if he is sent to custody."

Mr Kelly told the court that his client - who has campaigned to the Scottish Parliament about drink-fuelled anti-social behaviour - was tackling his own alcohol problem.

"Everything he is seeking to achieve with the rest of his life will come to a sudden halt if he does not address these matters," Mr Kelly said.

Rose, who until recently lived in Aberfeldy, led a campaign against yob culture in the town and stood as an independent candidate for Perth and Kinross Council.

Sheriff Michael Fletcher told Rose his latest conviction for drink-driving was a "very serious matter".

"It is a level at which you should not have had any doubt that you should not have been driving," he said.

"In view of the fact it is your third conviction, and it is such a high reading, I have reached the conclusion that I am unable to deal with it any other way than by a custodial sentence.

"The safety of the public requires that I impose a longer disqualification than might otherwise have been imposed."

Sheriff Fletcher also banned Rose from driving for five years.

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