Dodgy tyre draws police attention to Bonnybridge drink driver

A motorist’s damaged tyre led police to pull him over and discover he was three times over the legal drink driving limit.

By Court Reporter
Sunday, 25th July 2021, 11:54 am
Updated Sunday, 25th July 2021, 11:54 am

Christopher Griffin (32) had sustained damage going over a speed bump after an argument with his partner led to him taking the decision to leave her house and drive the relatively short distance to his own home.

Appearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday, Griffin had pleaded guilty to the drink driving offence he committed on the B816 Falkirk to Castelcary Road, Bonnybridge on May 29. He gave a reading of 73 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, when the legal limit is 22 microgrammes.

The court heard Griffin had an argument with his partner and then left house – choosing to drive his car instead of walk, despite the fact he also lived in Bonnybridge, a short distance from her house.

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Sheriff Derek Livingston noted it was Griffin’s third drink driving offence – the previous offences were over 12 years ago – and stated his decision to drive in the condition he was in was “pretty reckless”.

"If your previous two offences had not been 12 years ago you would be looking at a custodial sentence,” said Sheriff Livingston.

Griffin, Griffs, Bonnyside Road, Bonnybridge, was banned from driving for two years and placed on a community payback order with the condition he complete 100 hours unpaid work within 12 months.

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