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Suspected Dounreay drink-driver failed to co-operate with police

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Wick Sheriff Court.
Wick Sheriff Court.

A suspected drink-driver who refused to tell police who had been at the wheel of his car was fined £400 at Wick Sheriff Court.

Sixty-one-year-old crofter Richard Newton was also banned from driving for three months after he pleaded guilty.

Sheriff Neil Wilson heard that police acting on a tip-off about a male driver called at Newton's home at Rowan Cottage, Upper Dounreay, on February 2, 2022.

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Subscribe to receive regular email newslettersFiscal Depute Grant McLennan said that an officer noted the engine of a Nissan Navara, for which Newton was the registered keeper, was warm.

Newton was required to identify the driver suspected of a drink-driving offence but failed to do so and was arrested.

Sheriff Wilson said he took the offence "very seriously indeed".

He said Newton was required to co-operate in identifying the driver of his vehicle but had not done so and disqualification was inevitable.

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