Drunk driver jailed for Dundas Street death

Dundas Street - scene of fatality. Picture: Toby Williams

Dundas Street - scene of fatality. Picture: Toby Williams

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A DRUNK driver whose dangerous driving caused the death of a pedestrian returning home from a Christmas party has been jailed for five years.

Keith McCardle,51, consumed four alcoholic drinks in the hours before getting behind the wheel of his Land Rover Freelander jeep on December 8 2012.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how lost control of the vehicle in the city’s Dundas Street and his vehicle mounted the pavement there. He was more than one and a half times over the legal drink driving limit.

His vehicle struck dad of two Gavin Fulton,43, who was heading to his home in Edinburgh’s Claremont Bank. Moments after the collision, McCardle got out of his car and told a passer by: “I killed him. I hit the guy and he’s dead.”

Today judge Lord Doherty told McCardle that he had no option but to send him to prison - he was also banned from driving for eight years.