Glenrothes man caught 24 hours into new drink driving law

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One of the first motorists caught under Scotland’s new drink-driving law was handed a road ban on Monday.

Peter Shearer, of Urquhart Green, Glenrothes, was caught with a drink reading over the new limit – but below the old one – just over 24 hours after it came into force.

Shearer had crashed a van borrowed from his work outside a house in Glenrothes. He was spotted by residents leaving the driver’s side of the van and making off on foot.

Shearer was then found by a police sniffer dog, with police spotting him getting into his father’s car and preparing to drive off.

When he was breathalysed, his reading was found to be 28 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The 27-year-old would have been in the clear had the crash happened 25 hours earlier, when the limit was still 35 microgrammes. But his reading took him over the new breath limit of 22.

Fiscal depute Kyrsten Buist told Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court the incident occurred at 12.45am on December 6 last year.

Shearer pleaded guilty to charges of drink driving, driving without insurance and failing to identify the driver of the van involved in the crash.

The court was told Shearer had lost his job as a result of the incident.

Sheriff James Williamson banned Shearer from driving for a year and fined him £900.