Highlands & Islands

Inverness offshore oil worker's Porsche forfeited

Porsche badge
Image caption Offshore worker Robert Macdonald's Porsche has been forfeited

An oil worker has had his Porsche Cayman Coupe car forfeited by a sheriff instead of being jailed after he admitted to drink-driving.

The offence was Robert Macdonald's third drink-driving related offence in the last 10 years, Inverness Sheriff Court heard.

Macdonald, 37, of Inverness, was banned from driving for four years.

He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work and was fined £1,000.

Macdonald will have to re-sit the extended driving test at the end of his ban.

The offshore worker also admitted driving dangerously on a narrow country road outside Inverness in January this year, swerving about the road, overtaking a vehicle in the face of an oncoming car and colliding with a wall.

The court was told Macdonald's car bounced off the wall, came to a halt and he took a swig from a bottle of wine before getting back into his car and driving off without phoning the police.

Fiscal depute Andrew Hanton added: "The car was badly damaged and he drove off with the bonnet still up obscuring his view and his hazard lights flashing."

Sheriff Margaret Neilson told Macdonald he was lucky not have killed himself or another person.

The sheriff said: "I am narrowly persuaded not to impose a custodial sentence because of the positive social background report, the remorse you have shown, the steps you are taking to address your alcohol problem and the fact you have agreed to forfeit your car.

"A jail sentence would have been well justified today and if you ever appear in court again on a similar charge, you will go to jail."