Tayside and Central Scotland

Euan Snowie caught drink-driving

Euan Snowie
Image caption Snowie will be sentenced next month

A prominent businessman was caught driving while almost three times the legal alcohol limit.

Euan Snowie - the former boss of the Snowie waste disposal firm - was spoken to by police who saw him behind the wheel of his S Class Mercedes in Bridge of Allan, near Stirling.

A subsequent breath test showed he had 102mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Sentence was deferred at Stirling Sheriff Court for background reports.

Snowie's firm is said to have been paid more than £30m for disposing of carcasses during the foot-and-mouth crisis of 2001.

He admitted that on 24 May he drove his Mercedes while almost three times the legal limit.

The court heard this was the millionaire's second drink-driving conviction, as he was given a 12-month ban in 2002 after refusing to take a breath test when officers found him "drunk" behind the wheel of his silver Porsche in the early hours of the morning.

Sheriff Wyllie Robertson said: "I think it is inevitable that I will have to call for reports given the previous conviction.

"The most serious of disposals have to be considered, given the conviction, and the high reading. I intend to impose an interim disqualification."

John Carruthers, defending, said: "I don't think Mr Snowie would be surprised by the disqualification."

Sheriff Robertson deferred sentence on Snowie, of Kippen, Stirlingshire, until 18 July for a criminal justice report, and banned him from driving in the interim period.

In May 2007, the businessman and Labour party donor asked Stirling Sheriff Court to exempt his Boquhan Estate from the Scottish government's landmark "right to roam" legislation.

Snowie and his wife claimed their mansion was "liable to attract burglars" and said that ramblers would invade their privacy and interfere with their children's right to ride their ponies if allowed onto their land.

Sheriff Andrew Cubie ruled that Snowie was entitled to exclude the public from only 12.75 acres immediately surrounding his home.