Grangemouth driver ignored drinks warnings

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Police received calls about a drunk driver from concerned members of the public after an early morning disturbance at a burger bar.

It was one of a number of alerts from the public concerned about motorists apparently driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

Officers rushed to McDonalds at Earlsgate, Grangemouth, around 5 a.m. on December 22 following reports of a fracas involving a drunken male who then got into a parked car.

When officers arrived, they approached the vehicle but the man drove off. After a short pursuit, the vehicle was abandoned in Grangemouth and the driver eventually traced nearby.

He was charged with drink driving, dangerous driving, failing to stop, a breach of the peace and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Later the same day, a concerned bus driver called police about an articulated lorry that he was following on the M80/M9 near Stirling.

The vehicle was swerving from the hard shoulder onto lane two, narrowly avoiding cars which were trying to overtake.

Police traced the artic to a lay-by on the A9 near Dunblane and the 44-year-old male driver, who had driven from Wales and was heading for the Aberdeen area, was suspected of taking drugs.

He was charged with dangerous driving, driving while unfit through drugs and possession of a controlled drug.

Central Scotland Police also traced a woman who drove off from her ex-partner’s home on December 21 and was found to be four times the limit.

Deputy Chief Constable Tom Ewing, the ACPOS spokesman on tackling drink and drug driving, said: “These incidents clearly demonstrate the disregard these offenders have for life.”

Anyone suspecting motor­ists of driving under the influence should phone 01786 456000 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously if you wish, on 0800 555 111.