Pensioner faces jail for drink driving charge

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A Campbeltown motorist was so drunk he had to hold onto the police officer arresting him to stop from falling over.

Now pensioner Neil McEachran Harvey is facing jail.

‘This is your third offence of this kind. As a result the court is considering a custodial sentence or restriction of liberty order,’ Sheriff Patrick Hughes told Harvey when the town’s sheriff court sat last week.

Harvey, aged 72, pleaded guilty to driving on Glengyle Road, Campbeltown, on July 22 last year after having consumed so much drink that the amount in his system was 253 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood; the legal limit is 50.

Procurator fiscal depute Sarah Healing said two witnesses reported Harvey to the police. A motorist who saw him driving at 20-30mph, swerving from side to side of the B842 road from Southend to Stewarton, and the other who saw him unsteady on his feet when he got out of his parked car.

‘He had to hold onto one of the police officer’s arms to prevent himself from falling down,’ said Ms Healing.

Sheriff Hughes banned Harvey, of 1 Knocknaha Cottage, Campbeltown, from driving and said he would hear the case for the defence along with the reports on May 30.