Drink driver disqualified

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A man who drove while more than three times the drink drive limit has been disqualified from driving at Campbeltown Sherrif Court.

Campbell Stewart McAllister, 51, of Arianarich, Campbeltown, drove a car on Campbeltown’s Lochend Street on September 21 last year with 70 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, exceeding the 22 microgramme limit.

Defence solicitor Ruben Murdanaigum said McAllister came from a very good background but turned to alcohol to deal with the stresses of his family and work life.

He described this incident as ‘a blip’ and said it is ‘very unlikely’ that McAllister will be back in court.

Addressing McAllister, Sheriff Patrick Hughes said: ‘It is concerning to read in the report that you have some reservations about your degree of responsibility for this.

‘You have a long-standing drink problem. You have committed two drink driving offences in three years.

‘Court is responsible for protecting the community from drink drivers.’

Sheriff Hughes disqualified McAllister from driving for 40 months, which will be reduced by 10 months if he completes a drink drive rehabilition scheme.

He also imposed a community payback order, whereby McAllister must complete 100 hours of unpaid work within six months, and a fine of £425.

Sheriff Hughes said: ‘If you come back before this court for another drink driving offence, you will go to jail.’