Tayside and Central Scotland

Drunk farmer has tractor confiscated

James Reid. Pic by Perthshire Picture Agency
Image caption James Reid was described as a country gentleman in court

A farmer has had his tractor confiscated after driving it home from the pub while three times the legal drink drive limit.

James Reid, 50, who was described at Perth Sheriff Court as a "country gentleman", also admitted having no driving licence or insurance.

The court heard the DVLA had no record of the vehicle when the offences were committed in September last year.

Reid was ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and banned from driving.

Fiscal depute Katie Pacholek told the court that local police had been given a tip-off that Reid was driving through Perthshire while under the influence.

She said: "He was stopped by the officers and on speaking to him there was a clear smell of alcohol. He stated he had had his last drink 10 minutes ago. A roadside breath test proved positive.

"The accused did not hold a driving licence, which would have vetoed any insurance in any case. A check on the vehicle revealed there was no trace of it with the DVLA. The vehicle was seized at the time."

Solicitor Louisa Wade said her client - who admitted the offence at an earlier hearing - had failed to carry out a period of community service which had been imposed.

She said her client had not wanted to seek medical help when breaking his wrist - an injury which prevented him carrying out the unpaid work.

Ms Wade added: "He has worked on a farm all his life.

"He would normally drive off road or on private land. He accepted his guilt.

"He embarked upon the community service order without any problems. He broke his wrist. That is when it went wrong. He is a country gentleman who doesn't like going to the doctor."

Revoking the previous community service order and imposing a new one for 100 hours, Sheriff Richard McFarlane said: "I will give him a final opportunity".

Reid, of Fordie Mains Farm in Caputh Perthshire, was also banned from driving for five years.

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