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Strathpeffer man fined £920 and handed 14-month driving ban after Boxing Day offences

By Ali Morrison

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A Boxing Day drinking session led to a disqualified driver driving to a nearby churchyard while he was over the limit.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that 23-year-old Roy Mutter of Ardival Terrace, Strathpeffer had been out fishing with a friend before returning to a house on Boxing Day, 2021 to socialise.

But Mutter fell out with his pal, jumped into a car parked outside and drove along an unclassified road to the Gilchrist Churchyard in Muir of Ord before returning.

However police were called and it was discovered that Mutter was a disqualified driver.

A breath test also revealed that he was over four times the drink drive limit. The reading was 94mcgs of alcohol when the limit is 22mcgs.

Fiscal depute Karen Poke told Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald that Mutter's ban did not expire until March, 2022, some three months later.

Mutter admitted disqualified driving and with excess alcohol and was fined a total of £920.

He was also banned from driving for 14 months.

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