Army top brass convicted

Selkirk Sheriff court.Selkirk Sheriff court.
Selkirk Sheriff court.
One of Britain's leading army officers in recent times has been convicted of a drink driving offence while on a fishing trip in the Borders.

Lieutenant General Chris Brown CBE was more than three times the legal alcohol limit when he was breathalysed by police at the 4-star Dryburgh Abbey Hotel.

The 65-year-old from Hampshire had lodged a special defence of post-incident drinking, claiming he had drank a bottle of whisky within 15 minutes after returning to his hotel room.

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But following a trial at Selkirk Sheriff Court he was found guilty of driving with a breath/alcohol count of 78 microgrammes – the legal limit being 22 – near the hotel on October 20 last year.

He was fined £500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

However, Lt Gen Brown was cleared of a series of other alleged offences on the day of the incident.

He was found not guilty of two assaults, threatening or abusive behaviour and failing to comply with a preliminary breath test after no case to answer submissions by defence lawyer Ross Dow.

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Lt.Gen. Brown was last general commanding officer in Northern Ireland before the post was downgraded in 2008 and was deployed as the senior British military representative in Iraq as part of a multi-national force the following year.

He retired from the army in 2010 after serving for 36 years including the wars in Bosnia and Iraq.