Two-year ban and fine for drunken motorist

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A drunk and uninsured driver was fined £400 and banned from the roads for two years.

At Jedburgh Sheriff Court last Thursday, 35-year-old Alexander Wood, of Laidlaw Terrace, was fined £200 when he admitted driving a car in the town’s Howdenbank on April 6, with a breath/alcohol reading of 52 mcgs – the legal limit being 35.

He was also disqualified from getting behind the wheel for two years.

Wood was fined a further £200 when he also admitted driving without insurance.

The court heard how police stopped the accused following a vehicle check and the offences came to light.

Wood’s solicitor said the alcohol reading was the result of her client drinking the previous evening.

“He had not expected to be driving the next day, as he has not driven since 1999.

“This was a one-off due to a medical condition suffered by his ex-partner,” she concluded.