Drunk buggy driver avoids jail

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim January 25, 2016 15:05

A man who got drunk and then took a buggy from a golf club onto the main road has been fined and ordered to perform unpaid work.

Colin Peat, a co-director of Scotland’s biggest demolition firm, has also been banned from driving for six years.

The 47-year-old had been drinking all day at a charity event when he took the buggy, which belonged to a friend, from Glenbervie Golf Club in Scotland and drove it on the main road.

He left the club and joined Stirling Road, with a friend in the passenger seat and another gentleman clinging to his back. The first vehicle to pass them was a police car, which stopped them shortly before midnight last June. The officers said they immediately smelt alcohol, saw a bottle of beer in the buggy and were told by Peat that they had been “drinking all day”.

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An example of a buggy on a main road. Flickr / Jason Wong

Peat was then breathalysed and gave a sample that contained 97 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres, about 4.4 times the legal limit, which is 22.

He was also not insured to be driving the unregistered vehicle on a public highway.

Prosecutor Ann Orr said: “Both officers immediately noticed a strong smell of alcohol from the accused’s breath. He freely admitted he had been drinking all day and he said he’d just had a drink before driving the buggy.

“There was a bottle of beer in the buggy. He said the buggy had been driven from Glenbervie Golf Club and it belonged to a friend of his.”

Peat pleaded guilty to drink-driving and driving without insurance.

Defence solicitor Gordon Addison said Peat, who is co-director of Central Demolition, had decided to move the golf cart as a joke.

Mr Addison said it had been “an unusual and somewhat silly escapade”.

He said: “As is sometimes the case, men in drink make bad decisions, and a decision was made that they’d take the buggy and line it up among the other cars for sale in the garage by the roundabout, then walk back up to the golf club.”

Mr Addison said the incident had caused “shame and embarrassment” to Peat, whose role at Central Demolition required him to drive 45,000 miles a year north and south of the Border pricing contracts. Mr Addison said the loss of his licence would impose “massive costs” on the company.

Sheriff Linda Smith disqualified Peat – whom the court heard was a “serial motoring offender” – for six years, and fined him £400.

She also ordered him to perform 270 hours unpaid work, which she said was as an alternative to a term of imprisonment, and placed him under social work supervision for 18 months.


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim January 25, 2016 15:05
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