Grangemouth drink driver blames noise

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Driver was over three times the limit and already banned.

James Stark was more than three times over the limit and already disqualified when he was stopped in Castle Rankine Road, Denny on September 20.

Stark (28), 138 Portal Road, Grangemouth, was found to have 160 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The limit is 50 microgrammes.

Defence solicitor Neil Hay said his client had been wandering the streets and drinking alcohol because of the noise from his neighbours when he decided to jump in the car.

He said: “He was banned from driving on October 15, 2012 and was due to get his licence back today.“

Sheriff Linda Smith sentenced the unemployed father to a community payback order with 240 hours of unpaid work to be carried out within 18 months as an alternative to custody. Stark was also disqualified from driving for five years.