Drink driving dog walker ‘ashamed and embarrassed’

A motorist, spotted driving erratically was more than three times the alcohol limit.

Colin Service, 44, of Havelock Place, admitted driving a car on the unclassified road near Boonraw Farm, Stirches Mains, on September 7, with a breath/alcohol reading of 112mcgs – the legal limit being 35.

“His erratic driving brought him to the attention of police at 1.50pm,” explained procurator fiscal Morag McLintock, at a previous hearing.

In reply to caution and charge, Service said “Pure stupidity.”

Defence lawyer Rory Bannerman said his client was well aware “imprisonment potentially beckons”.

“He is addressing his alcohol problem, which was clearly an issue at the time,” said Mr Bannerman.

“He is ashamed and embarrassed that he had been drinking and then drove his car to go and walk his dog outwith the town.”

In November, Sheriff Kevin Drummond deferred sentence for six months, telling Service: “Your reply to caution was “pure stupidity” and that stupidity is self evident.

“The danger to the public is not so self evident in your own mind,” he added.

“You were on deferred sentence for assault to severe injury, for which you got the maximum hours of community service, and here you are more than three times the drink driving limit, which is your fifth piece of court business in 2010.

“The only reason I am not sending you straight to jail is because of an 18-month probation order imposed at Dumfries Sheriff Court.”

Last Thursday, defence solicitor Iain Burke said his client had been drinking to excess that night as he was worried about an appearance at Dumfries Sheriff Court the following day.

“The dog had been playing up all night so he decided to take it out,” he added.

Mr Burke added that this was Service’s first motoring offence.

“He has a record of some significance for violence, but this is his first road/traffic offence,” he explained.

Sheriff Donald Corke fined Service £300 and banned him from driving for one year.