AN NHS consultant pathologist was caught four times over the legal alcohol limit as he drove to work before ten o’clock in the morning.
Alan Stockman, 40, was pulled over by “concerned” police who spotted his BMW driving erratically on a motorway.
Officers found Stockman, who lives in Manor Place in the West End, to be “incoherent” and so drunk he could not even open his driver’s door.
Dunfermline Sheriff Court was told yesterday that the NHS Fife employee’s job was now at risk after he failed a roadside breath test when he was stopped by police at around 9.40am on May 21.
Depute fiscal Claire Bremner, prosecuting, said: “Police officers were on duty when they observed the BMW being driven. The officers were concerned regarding the manner the vehicle was being driven.
“They stopped the vehicle and spoke with the accused, who was incoherent and couldn’t open his driver’s door. He smelt strongly of alcohol.
“He said that he had his last drink 17 hours previously. A roadside breath test was carried out and the reading was positive. He was taken to Dunfermline police station, where the normal procedures were carried out.”
Stockman, who is originally from Belfast, pleaded guilty to driving on the M90 near junction 2a, in Fife, after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion in his breath was 136 micrograms in 100 millilitres, exceeding the legal limit of 35.
Solicitor-advocate Brian Gilfedder, defending, said Stockman would now have to face the General Medical Council and could be sacked from his £48,000-a-year job.
He told the court: “He has no previous convictions, but this was a high reading. The report makes it clear my client takes full responsibility for this.
“The report highlights the fact the accused has been in touch with various agencies since the offence. He realises he does have a drink problem and needs to sort it out.
“No matter what this court does, he will have to face the wrath of the General Medical Council and he may face losing his job.”
Sheriff Craig McSherry – who fined Stockman £2000 and banned him from driving for two years – said that if he had not been stopped he would have arrived at work heavily under the influence.
The sheriff said: “I’m taking into account you’re a first offender and, on the face of it, you’re addressing your issues with alcohol, but you were found in the vehicle almost four times the prescribed limit.
“It goes without saying if you made it to your place of work you would have had a substantial amount of alcohol in your system, which would have been of some concern for your colleagues.”
Stockman was also told his car would seized, but that his ban would be reduced if he completed a drink-drivers’ rehabilitation course.