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Drink driver faces ban if he 'so much as runs a red light,' Wick sheriff warns

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Sheriff Neil Wilson at Wick Sheriff Court..
Sheriff Neil Wilson at Wick Sheriff Court..

A driver caught in charge of his car with almost three times the legal drink limit has avoided disqualification.

Instead, Sheriff Neil Wilson imposed 10 penalty points on Christopher Hughes' licence – but warned him that if he "as much as ran a red light" he would be banned.

Hughes (35) was also fined £600 after he pleaded guilty at Wick Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

The 10 penalty points take him close to the threshold of 12 points, meaning a further offence could see him receive an automatic six-month driving ban.

Police officers on patrol on February 21 encountered Hughes in the driver's seat of his car with the engine running, in Campbell Street, Thurso. He gave a positive breath test and a follow-up test at Wick Police Station revealed a level of 61 mcg – the legal limit is 22 mcg.

Hughes, of Linden Lea, Hamilton, was in the area carrying out a roofing contract at the time of the offence.

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