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Repeat Highland drink-driver who stole car in Wester Ross is jailed at Inverness Sheriff Court

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Justice Centre. Picture: Gary Anthony.
Inverness Justice Centre. Picture: Gary Anthony.

A SHERIFF was shocked at the "appalling" record of road traffic offences when a 37-year-old Wester Ross man appeared from custody today.

Sheriff Margaret Neilson also expressed her surprise at Inverness Sheriff Court that Robert Johnston was not being prosecuted by the Crown at a higher level as it was his fifth drink driving offence.

Johnston, of Railway Terrace, Kyle of Lochalsh, also admitted other convictions for driving while disqualified and car theft.

He pleaded guilty to stealing a car at the weekend from Kyle while drunk and while banned from driving.

The offence took place on Friday night and a breath test revealed he was three times the drink drive limit.

The car was found in Balmacara with Johnston standing next to it.

Defence solicitor Roger Webb said that his client had 24 previous convictions and knew what to expect.

Jailing him for eight months and banning him from driving for five years, Sheriff Neilson said: "You have an appalling record for road traffic offending."

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