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Boat of Garten car valeter banned from roads for drink driving

By Court Reporter

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A mobile car valeter may have to find another occupation after being disqualified from driving for 19 months at Inverness Sheriff Court.

Father of two, Alistair Coupar, of Strathspey Park, Boat of Garten appeared before Sheriff Gary Aitken and pleaded guilty to driving in Aviemore on July 21, last year, with three times the legal amount of alcohol in his system.

His reading was 66mcgs when the limit is 22mcgs.

The court was told that 27 year old Coupar was seen by police leaving the Aviemore Inn at 10pm and was stopped on the Coylumbridge road.

Defence solicitor John MacColl said: "This was a monumental error of judgment by him and he is metaphorically kicking himself, not only for business reasons but personal ones, as his wife will have to do the bulk of the driving.

"He is hopeful he can keep his business going somehow or he will have to find another job," Mr MacColl said.

Sheriff Aitken fined Coupar £760 as well as banning him from driving.

But he certified him suitable for a drink driver rehabilitation course which he must fund himself.

If Coupar successfully completes it, his ban will be reduced by 19 weeks.

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