Drink-driver disqualified

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Sheriff Patrick Hughes told a drink-drive offender that he would go to prison if he did not complete a community payback order.

‘This is a direct alternative to custody,’ the sheriff told Iain Kennedy Howden, aged 46, of Ciaran Cottage, Clachan, when he appeared before the court last week.

Howden admitted drink driving on March 9 last year; he was stopped by police on the A83 on the stretch between Westport Beach and Moss Road.

The test showed that he had 132 milligrammes of alcohol per per 100 millilitres of blood in his system. The legal limit in Scotland is 50 milligrammes.

Sentence has previously been adjourned for reports and Howden’s defence agent Derek Buchanan said these where comprehensive.

The sheriff placed Howden on an order comprising 15 months of social work supervision to work on his rehabilitation and also complete 204 hours of unpaid work within the community in the next 10 months.

Howden was also disqualified from driving for 38 months.