A Borders brewer has been banned from the road for 12 months at Selkirk Sheriff Court for drink-driving.
Gavin Meiklejohn, co-founder of Tweedbank’s Tempest Brewing Co, pleaded guilty to committing that offence in Tweedbank Drive and on the A6091 Melrose bypass on December 22.
The 42-year-old, of Montgomery Terrace, Gattonside, had a breath-alcohol count of 30 microgrammes, the legal limit being 22.
Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said that police officers saw the accused driving a grey Volkswagen van at 1.11am and their suspicions were aroused after they saw it being reversed into a junction.
He added: “The police pulled over the vehicle, and there was a smell of alcohol coming from him.
“He was very apologetic and told the officers ‘I was stupid’.
Defence lawyer Colin Severin said: “He had been in Edinburgh having dinner with friends.
“He had three or four pints and one further one, but after 10pm he was drinking water.
“He tried to get a taxi on his return but couldn’t and went into the industrial estate to get a van from his work.
“He thought he would have been OK but he miscalculated.
“He should have walked despite the dark conditions.”
Sheriff Peter Grant-Hutchison certified Meiklejohn as being suitable for a rehabilitation course offering the possibility, if completed, of cutting his road ban from a year to nine months.
In addition to being disqualified from driving, he was fined £400.