A “moment of madness” has landed a provisional driver from Sutherland with a £1040 fine and a 14 month road ban.
Bar worker Jordan Gibbons (22), Windy Heights, Tomich, Lairg, took his friend’s car for a spin on the A9 at Evelix late at night on October 20.
But he was over the drink drive limit, had no insurance and, as a provisional driver, no L plates or anyone supervising him, Tain Sheriff Court heard today.
Police, acting on information received, found the vehicle Gibbons had been driving at 11.30pm.
He was not with the car but was traced some ten minutes later and admitted he had been the driver of the vehicle.
He was taken to Burnett Road police station where tests taken just after 1am on October 21 showed him to have 52 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 22 in 100.
Robert Weir, prosecuting, said: “As a result of enquiries made, it transpired that Gibbons was the holder of a provisional licence only and had no insurance.”
Defence agent Rory Gowans said: “It was a moment of madness. Mr Gibbons had been drinking at a friend’s house and foolishly, for reasons he cannot explain, decided to go out in the friend’s car. He did not go far.”
Passing sentence, Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood said: “You knew fine you should not have been behind the wheel of a car. You took a chance and it did not work out.”