Hotelier banned after drink driving

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An Islay hotelier who drove 200 yards to his home while over the drink drive limit has been banned from driving.

Peter MacLellan, 68, of 23 Shore Street, Bowmore, pleaded guilty to driving a car with 41 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, exceeding the 22 microgramme limit, on June 1 this year, when he appeared at Campbeltown Sheriff Court on Thursday August 22.

Procurator fiscal depute Eoin McGinty told the court that at 2am, police officers noticed a car coming out of a side street in Bowmore and due to the manner in which it was being driven and excessive noise coming from the vehicle, they pulled it over. They could smell alcohol from MacLellan, who had been driving, so they carried out a roadside breath test.

Mr McGinty said the officers found MacLellan, a former professional Scottish footballer, who has no previous convictions, ‘very cooperative’. He told them he had only driven a ‘very short distance’ – which he normally walks – because of a knee injury.

Defence solicitor Stephen MacSporran told the court that MacLellan lives 200 yards from a hotel which he has run for many years and he was driving after having some wine with his dinner at the end of a busy Islay whisky festival.

Mr MacSporran added: ‘He believed he was OK to drive – he is severely apologetic.’

Banning MacLellan for 12 months and imposing a £250 fine, Sheriff Patrick Hughes said: ‘This was a bad decision on your part.’

The driving ban will be reduced by three months if MacLellan successfully completes the drink drive rehabilitation scheme at his own expense.