A FORMER soldier has been ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work after being convicted of his second drink-drive offence.
Alan Cameron, Bishopfield Road, Dornoch, was said to be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder since returning from a deployment in Afghanistan.
But Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood refused to take that on board as a plea of mitigation and said it was no reason for him to take to the wheel of a car after he had been drinking.
The sheriff also imposed a four-year driving ban.
The 29-year-old was more than four times the legal drink drive limit when he was stopped at 6.30pm on the A9 at the Mound on June 20.
Tain Sheriff Court heard that uniformed officers, acting on information received, stopped Cameron who was at the wheel of a Suzuki Liana. He was the sole occupant of the car.
He was taken to Burnett Road Police Station, Inverness, where tests showed him to have 231 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 50 in 100.
Cameron appeared at today’s court for sentencing, having previously admitted drink driving.
Defence agent Tessa Vincent said: “The background is that he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. He served for seven years in the British Army and was deployed to Afghanistan. It has affected him significantly.”
The lawyer conceded that Vincent had a previous drink drive offence dating back to 2008.
Sheriff Fleetwood pointed out that the 2008 offence predated the Afghanistan deployment.
Passing sentence, he told Cameron: “I cannot condone people deciding to get into a car and putting everyone else at risk.”
The sheriff placed Cameron on a community payback order with an unpaid work requirement as well as a driving ban.
Sheriff Fleetwood said it was a direct alternative to prison and he had taken into account Cameron’s record and high alcohol count.