14-month road ban for Hawick 38-year-old convicted of drink-driving

A motorist has been banned from the road for 14 months after admitting driving while almost three times the legal alcohol limit.

Friday, 30th August 2019, 11:30 am
The Borders General Hospital at Melrose.

Robert McLeod, 38, pleaded guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to driving with a breath-alcohol count of 58 microgrammes, the legal limit being 22.

That offence was committed in a car park at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose on October 16 last year and on the A7 Edinburgh-Carlisle road at Ashkirk.

McLeod, of Stonefield Place in Hawick, was initially charged with driving while almost seven times the legal limit.

He was accused at first of having a breath-alcohol count of 145 microgrammes but put forward a defence of post-incident drinking, and following negotiations in court, a lower reading of 58 was accepted.

As well as being banned from driving, McLeod was fined £225.