A self-employed Lairg builder, whose van was spotted outside a local hostelry by police, was later caught drink driving.
Officers on mobile patrol observed Allan Young’s van parked outside the Nip Inn at 11pm on Friday, June 16.
Robert Weir, prosecuting, told Tain Sheriff Court on Monday: “Police saw the transit van being driven half an hour later and decided to stop it for a routine check.
“The accused was the driver and he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Officers waited 10 minutes before carrying out a roadside breath test.”
After the test proved positive, Young (27), of Ord Place, was taken to Burnett Road police station in Inverness where he gave a further two specimens of breath.
The tests revealed him to have 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – nearly four times the legal limit of 22 in 100.
Young admitted drink-driving when he appeared at Monday’s court.
His defence agent said he was a first offender. He had had a hard week and had decided to call in at the Nip Inn on the Friday.
The loss of his licence would affect his business substantially.
Sheriff Chris Dickson banned Young from the road for 14 months and fined him £480. The sheriff said Young was eligible for a place on a drink drive rehabilitation course.