Tayside and Central Scotland

Drink driver 'blamed faulty breath test kit'

A serial drink driver who claimed he was let down by a home breathalyser kit has been jailed for four months.

Perth Sheriff Court heard George Brown was still over the limit from the night before and should not have registered negative on the home device.

The court was told it was the second time he had been caught drink driving in four months

The 54-year-old, of Coupar Angus, was also was also banned from the road for seven years.

Depute fiscal Rebecca Kynaston told the court that police found Brown smelling strongly of alcohol at 10:30 after receiving an anonymous tip-off that he was drink driving.

Solicitor John McLaughlin, defending, said: "He had been drinking the night before. He had purchased one of the testing machines and tried it that morning.

"As far as the machine indicated, he was under the level where he was fit to drive that morning.

"Obviously these machines are not that sophisticated."

Brown admitted drink driving on 3 October last year and on 9 February this year while on bail.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis told Brown: "The fact of the matter is that since 2012 you have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol on three occasions.

"In particular, the two offences before me today are a matter of four months apart and you were subject to bail.

"You are going to be off the road for a considerable period of time."

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