Published: 23/05/2018 11:43 - Updated: 23/05/2018 11:48

Pensioner drove campervan off Embo Pier


The case was heard at Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday
The case was heard at Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday


AN elderly couple’s weekend at Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame at Embo ended with their VW camper van going off the pier into the Dornoch Firth.

Pensioner Alistair MacMillan (77) woke up at 2am on Monday morning having spent some time the previous day in the bar.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard yesterday his wife Doreen (69) was wakened by him acting strangely. Depute fiscal David Morton said he told her he told her wished to move the campervan.

“She indicated that would be unwise because he had been drinking.”

But the fiscal said he didn’t take his wife’s advice.

“He drove straight forward over the pier.

“She was in the back in bed. She described herself as waist deep in water in her bedclothes in the Dornoch Firth.”

MacMillan of Netherton Oval, Lennoxtown, appeared from custody on Tuesday and admitted on May 21 driving carelessly at Grannies Heilan Hame Caravan site at Embo whilst intoxicated and driving the vehicle to Embo Pier.

He also admitted driving with excess alcohol. He had a reading 39mcgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath – the legal limit is 22.

Solicitor Neil Wilson said the couple were both in receipt of the state pension.

“He is thoroughly embarrassed and ashamed to find himself in the cells and a criminal court.”

Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood fined him £900 and banned him for a year.

He said he wasn’t going to give him the opportunity to undertake the drink-driver rehabilitation course which would reduce the length of the ban.

”You know full well you shouldn’t have been driving and I don’t know why you did.”

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