Man caught drink driving in 10mph disability scooter
A disabled man was caught driving his scooter whilst drunk in the Highlands.
An invalid caught drink driving a disabled scooter with top speeds of 10mph has been banned from the roads.
John MacLean, 63, was almost three times over the limit when stopped by police in the Highland fishing village of Ullapool in Wester Ross.
The former council foreman is so crippled from arthritis he even had to be helped upstairs and into the dock by a Reliance security officer at Dingwall Sheriff Court.
MacLean was spotted driving the invalid carriage from his home in Ullapool's Seaforth Road to Latheron Lane just after 5pm on November 10.
Procurator Fiscal Stewart MacIver told Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen: "It appears the officer wanted to speak to him about something else. He saw him on his return journey and he smelled strongly of alcohol.
"Another officer was called and a roadside test was carried out."
Lawyer David Hingston, representing MacLean, said: "He has been invalided by crippling arthritis and has had his invalid carriage for many years."
The sheriff asked: "What is the top speed of this vehicle?"
Mr Hingston replied: "I would imagine something like five miles per hour. They are not designed for hell-raising." However, MacLean interjected from the dock and declared: "It goes up to 10mph on the speedo."
Mr Hingston responded: "My Volvo speedometer goes up to 160mph, but that does not mean I travel at top speed." MacLean admitted drink driving on various roads in Ullapool.
Sheriff MacFadyen told him: "You are fined £100, which may be thought to be about one tenth of the normal fine for this sort of reading, but that is because of the nature of the offence.
"Given the amount of alcohol in your system you are disqualified from driving for two years."