A STRATHEARN man has been left counting the cost of a “moment of madness” after a boozy works night out.
Twenty-one-year-old Nicholas Ives, of Sherwood, Rectory Road, Crieff, had stopped drinking about 9-9.30pm when he was picked up by his girlfriend.
But they had an argument and he ended up driving home in the early hours of the morning.
But the apprentice joiner was pulled over by police and breathalysed.
That showed he had been behind the wheel with more than twice the legal alcohol limit.
He was also a provisional licence holder, had no qualified driver with him – and wasn’t displaying ‘L’ plates. In addition, he had no insurance cover for the vehicle.
The offences cost him a total of £540 in fines – and he was banned from driving for 20 months.
If he successfully completes a drink/drive rehabilitation course, however, he will get the ban cut by five months.
The court was told that as a result of the ban, he will lose his £230 a week job.
The offences took place on the A822 Crieff-Muthill road and in Burrell Street, Crieff, on December 23.
His reading was 91mics. – in excess of the maximum level of 35.
Solicitor Jamie Baxter said that the accused was driving from Comrie to his mother’s home in Crieff.
He had gone to collect his car at his grandmother’s, as it contained his clothes and other possessions.
“There were three-four hours between his last drink and the time he drove,” added the lawyer. “But he accepts he should not have driven. It was a moment of madness.”
His licence had been revoked in 2007 because of a speeding offence but he had been due to sit the theory part of his test on December 30.
Sheriff Thomas McCartney imposed the 20-month disqualification to “reflect the high reading” but agreed to allow him to take part in the rehabilitation course.