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Drink-driving Scot seen swigging from bottle while behind the wheel

A man seen drinking at the wheel has been banned from the roads after he was seen swigging from a bottle and swerving across the road.

Colin Blakey was spotted while driving from Ardrossan to Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, in September.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard he turned to drinking to cope with the stress of his job and lockdown after suffering a heart attack.

The 51-year-old pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge previously and returned to the dock this week to be sentenced.

Prosecutor Angie Bennett said: ” Police received a call from a member of the public who had concerns regarding the manner of driving of the accused’s vehicle and also indicated the accused had been seen to drink from a bottle and was swerving all over the road.

“The home address of the accused was provided to police.

“They attended there and the motor vehicle was parked outside. It was hot to the touch.

“They attended the property and were met by the accused’s wife.

“She informed police he had just returned home and had been driving the vehicle.

“He was within the living room and was slurring his speech with a glazed look.”

He failed a breath test and was taken to the police station.

The second test, carried out nearly two hours after police had been called, revealed he was still four-and-a-half-times the drink-drive limit.

He admitted driving with 100 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of blood, when the limit is 22mcg.

The court heard Blakey, who works as a carer, will lose money as he will not be able to do as many shifts as he can no longer drive.

Sheriff Colin Bissett banned him from driving for 18 months and placed him on a Community Payback Order (CPO).

The CPO will see him supervised by social workers for a year and having to carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work, reduced from 150 as he admitted his guilt.

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