Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Edinburgh JCB driver admits drink driving

A JCB driver who was caught drink driving after he parked the vehicle outside a shop has been fined £600.

Alan Wilson, 28, from Edinburgh, was also banned from driving for two years after he admitted being more than twice the legal alcohol limit.

He had been spotted in a newsagents by an off duty police officer, who smelled alcohol on Wilson's breath.

Wilson is employed by Edinburgh City Council. He was sentenced at the city's sheriff court.

The court was told Wilson had 78 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath when he was caught on 3 August. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Fiscal depute Malcolm Stewart told Sheriff Katherine Mackie the incident had occurred at about 07:50 and that Wilson had a previous conviction for drink driving in 2009.

Defence solicitor Emma Gibson said Wilson was employed by Edinburgh City Council's roads department and would almost certainly lose his job.

He had been drinking lager with friends the night before and had gone to bed at about midnight.

When he got up for work in the morning he had breakfast and thought the alcohol would be out of his system.

The lawyer added Wilson had only had his licence back for a short period of time after the previous conviction.

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