A MOTORIST convicted of a second drink driving offence was fined £3000 and banned from driving by a sheriff and warned he would go to prison should he appear in court again on a similar charge.
Byron Flint (31) of Lilac Grove, Inverness admitted driving with more than twice the legal level of alcohol in Harbour Road on April 7.
At Inverness Sheriff Court on Thursday Depute Fiscal Ian Smith said Flint was driving in front of a police vehicle and his driving gave them cause for concern and he was stopped. He had a reading of 72mcgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath - more than twice the legal limit of 35mcgs.
Rory Gowans, solicitor, said he had been out with friends and had four pints of lager then stopped drinking.
By the time he was stopped by police he thought he would have been clear to drive.
Sheriff Ian Abercrombie told Mr Gowans he was considering either jail or a very heavy fine as Flint had a similar previous conviction in 2004.
“The reading is exceedingly high,” the Sheriff said.
Mr Gowans said his Flint earned £1800 a month as a scaffolder and was in a position to pay a substantial fine.
Fining Flint £3000 and banning him from driving for three years Sheriff Abercrombie told him: “I can’t make it clearer that if you appear before this court again charged with a similar offence I will have no hesitation in imposing a lengthy period of imprisonment.”
The sheriff said Flint could take part in a drink drivers rehabilitation course which would seen his disqualification reduced by nine months if successfully completed.