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Drunk van driver was swaying at fuel pump at Aviemore filling station

By Court Reporter

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Police were called when a van driver was having difficulty paying for diesel fuel at Aviemore’s filling station.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that it transpired that 42 year old David McCaig of Sutherland Drive, Airdrie was almost six times the legal drink drive limit when he gave an initial breath test.

But McCaig failed to provide a second specimen despite several attempts and he was charged with the offence.

Fiscal depute Sharon Ralph told Inverness Sheriff Court on Tuesday that McCaig was working in the local area on May 17, last year, when he filled up his work van at the forecourt on Grampian Road.

The prosecutor added that McCaig had problems using the card machine.

“Staff also noticed he was swaying from side to side and he was unable to generate words or sentences and slurring”, Mrs Ralph went on.

Police were alerted and traced him 20 minutes later and arrested him.

McCaig admitted failing to provide a specimen and Mrs Ralph told Sheriff Gary Aitken that the initial test showed a reading of 125mcgs of alcohol in McCaig’s system when the limit is 22mcgs.

His solicitor, Ronnie Simpson, said: “He earns £46,800 a year but is no longer employed by his employer at the time of the offence.

“He will not lose his job and has not consumed alcohol since.”

McCaig, who admitted a previous drink drive related conviction, was fined £1200 and banned from driving for three years.

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