Octogenarian fined and banned for drink driving on way home from hall

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A North Roe octogenarian is unlikely to drive again after being caught drink-driving on his way home from a function in the local hall.

The police stopped John Magnus Johnson, 81, of Lochend, to advise him about use of fog lights. They smelled drink and he failed a roadside test.

At Lerwick Sheriff Court today he admitted having a breath/alcohol count of 51 against the legal limit of 35 while driving the couple of miles from the North Roe Hall to his house at around 9pm on 19th November.

Defence agent Chris Dowle said Johnson held his hands up for what he did. He would probably not get behind the wheel again due to his age and the inevitable disqualification.

Sheriff Graeme Napier told Johnson he had presumably taken a chance to drive in the hope of not getting caught but it was a chance that was going to cost him. He fined him £500 and banned him from driving for 18 months.

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