Forestry worker crashed car on A7 near Hawick while nearly four times limit

A forestry worker crashed a car after attending a Hawick Common Riding event and was found to be almost four times the legal alcohol limit for driving.

Wednesday, 10th July 2019, 6:35 pm
Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

Callum Helling, 20, of Caroline Street in Langholm, pleaded guilty to driving with a breath-alcohol count of 82 microgrammes, the legal limit being 22.

That offence was committed during the early hours of Sunday, June 9, at Mosspaul on the A7 Edinburgh-Carlisle road.

His car left the road there and ended up in a ditch, Jedburgh Sheriff Court was told.

Helling also admitted driving a friend’s car with no insurance.

Defence lawyer Ed Hulme said his client had been out socialising in Hawick but could not get a taxi home so he made the foolish decision to drive.

Helling was fined a total of £500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.