Scottish Government ‘poster boy’ drove on drugs

Chester Jarron leaves court after sentencing

Chester Jarron leaves court after sentencing

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A POSTER boy for a Scottish Government scheme to put tearaway youths into rural jobs almost died when he drove along a motorway after downing a cocktail of cocaine and ecstasy.

Chester Jarron’s life was saved by off-duty medics who spotted him having seizures in his car after taking the Class A drugs.

The 26-year-old ended up in a coma in intensive care after being found slumped over the wheel having fits at the side of the M90 as he drove to work on a farm.

In 2005, he was handpicked to showcase a scheme which plucked inner-city teens from deprived backgrounds to train at Oatridge College for a future in agricultural work.

Jarron admitted driving while unfit through drink or drugs in Edinburgh and on the M90, near Kelty, on September 8 last year during a hearing at Perth Sheriff Court yesterday.

Fiscal depute Tina Dickie told the court that Jarron had been at a birthday party in Dunfermline the night before and drove several friends back to Edinburgh.

She said: “Between midnight and 4am on Sunday morning the accused is believed to have consumed a quantity of cocaine and ecstasy. At 7am he left Edinburgh to attend work at a farm near Kinross.

“At 7.30am off-duty ambulance staff were travelling on the M90 at the end of their shift. They noted his BMW parked on the northbound hard shoulder near junction four. They noticed a male slumped over the steering wheel and exited the motorway to assist.

“He appeared to be having a seizure so they called an ambulance. The accused was in the driver’s seat with his head resting on the door and his legs across the passenger seat.

“He was unresponsive. His airway was blocked so they removed him from the car and put him on the verge. He jumped up and became agitated and confused. He was possibly hallucinating. He was sweating profusely and talking, but not making any sense. He stated he had taken white powder but did not know what it was.”

Jarron, originally from Bonnyrigg, Midlothian spent two days in hospital. Solicitor Alison McKay, defending, said: “His condition was life-threatening. His parents were horrified and concerned that he was likely to die.”

Ms McKay said a driving ban would have a serious impact on Jarron’s family as he regularly drove his father to work at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh.

Sheriff Fiona Tait banned Jarron from driving for two years and fined him £600.

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