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Drink-driver banned for a year at Inverness Sheriff Court following crash on the A87 east of Cluanie Inn

By Ali Morrison

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The Inverness Justice Centre.
The Inverness Justice Centre.

A 71-year-old drink-driver who crashed into a lorry and a car just before Christmas was banned from driving for a year.

Julian Tinney of Balgate Mill, Kiltarlity, pleaded guilty by letter to dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol in his blood.

He was over three times the legal limit of 50mgs of alcohol – a test confirming a reading of 162mgs.

The offences took place on December 19 last year on the A87, four miles east of the Cluanie Inn in Glenshiel.

The court heard Tinney repeatedly veered on to the opposite carriageway, collided with the rear of a lorry before losing control of his vehicle.

It then hit another car being driven by a woman who was slightly injured.

Fiscal depute Michelle Molley said Tinney told police that he thought he was okay to drive.

"Police have spoken to his family who said that he has not driven since the incident and does not intend to," Ms Molley added.

Sheriff Gary Aitken ordered Tinney to resit the extended driving test at the end of his ban and fined him a total of £840.

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