Five year ban for drunk driver



David Walls Stronach, engineer, was fined £30 and disqualified from driving for five years at Dunfermline Sheriff Court to-day.

Stronach, who admitted two previous convictions, pleaded guilty to having, on March 7 on the Torryburn-Dunfermline road, Cairneyhill. (1) driven a motor van without due care and attention and the van collided with and damaged a built-up area traffic sign: (2) been in charge of the motor van while under the influence of drink to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the vehicle.

Crashed into Sign.

Mr R S Henderson, procurator fiscal, said last night occupants of a house at Cairneyhill heard the roar of a motor engine. Looking out, they saw a small van had crashed into the traffic sign.

They saw a man get out of the van and stagger about. He was obviously under the influence of drink.

Police officers found accused sitting in the car almost asleep. He was later examined by a doctor.

An agent, on accused’s behalf,’ said he had been under some considerable strain in recent months. Last night he had only about two or three whiskies and thought himself quite capable of driving.

The van was used in connection with his business. If he was disqualified, he would be more or less unable to carry on business.

Sheriff Hamilton admonished accused on the first charge and ordered his licence to be endorsed. On the second charge, he imposed a penalty of £20 and disqualified accused from obtaining a driving licence for five years.

He allowed a month to pay the fine with the alternative of sixty days’ imprisonment.

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