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19/01/2010

Councillor fined and banned for crash

A Scottish town councillor has been given a driving ban after his drink-driving caused a single vehicle car accident in Troon.

The Kilwinning councillor had been carrying one passenger, a friend who had just returned from RAF service in Afghanistan; however, neither man is reported to have suffered personal injury in the car accident, so it is unlikely any no-win, no-fee claim will follow.

The 26-year-old initially denied drinking and failed to make a reasonable attempt to give a breath sample to officers at Kilmarnock police station, something he later blamed on breathing problems associated with asthma.

His defence lawyer commented, "His GP has confirmed he had suffered from asthma in the past. But given the admitted level of alcohol he had taken, it would be difficult to blame this on anything other than that."

On handing out a £1,100 fine and two-and-a-half-year driving ban to the councillor for causing the car accident, the sheriff hearing the case said, "You were obviously extremely drunk. My main consideration is the protection of the public. You will be required to be off the road for some time because of your behaviour."

 

 

 
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