Chef beats it after drink driving

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A chef’s decision to run off and leave two colleagues in his car after he had been driving while drunk was called ‘unfortunate and silly’ at Campbeltown Sheriff Court this week.

In the dock was Hugh Drysdale, aged 37, of 66 Rowan Crescent, Methill, who had been working at a hotel in Tarbert when the offence occurred.

He appeared in court on Tuesday and admitted drink driving on the A83 near the village on August 6.

Procurator fiscal depute David Glancy said Drysdale’s car had driven past a parked police patrol car at a fast speed but within the limit, but he officers later came across the car, with two passengers and no driver.

‘The other occupants of the vehicle were colleagues and they attempted to cover for him,’ said the fiscal.

Another vehicle turned up at the scene with Drysdale as a passenger. He was subsequently breathalysed. His breath test reading was 34 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath when the limit is 22.

His defence agent Stephen MacSporran said: ‘He apologises for wasting police time.’

Sheriff Patrick Hughes called the incident ‘unfortunate and silly’. As the reading was low and this was a first drink-driving offence Drysale was fined £450 and given the chance to reduce his 12-month driving ban to nine months if he successfully completes a drink driving rehabilitation course at his own expense.