A man who couldn’t get a taxi home after drinking in Aberdeen has been banned from the road for four years for driving while over the limit.
Stuart Melvin, 27, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court where he admitted driving while more than three times the drink drive limit.
Melvin pleaded guilty to driving on the city’s Great Southern Road with 79 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when the limit is 22mcgs.
The offence took place at 1.15am on March 5.
The court heard he has a previous conviction which resulted in disqualification from the road.
Melvin’s defence agent Ross Taggart said: “He had driven into Aberdeen and gone for a drink.
“He had four pints over a period of time.
“He accepts that he decided to drive having tried a number of taxis and being unsuccessful.
“He accepts with a previous conviction and having consumed the alcohol he should have been wiser and not got in the car.”
Sheriff William Taylor told Melvin: “You had a previous disqualification so you should have known what the consequences are.”
Sheriff Taylor said if he took part in the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course his ban would be reduced by six months.
He said: “It will bring home the difficulties of driving with alcohol in your body.”
On top of his ban Melvin, whose address was given in court papers as 4 Whitestone Steading, Finzean, was also fined £1,000.