Man drove disabled friend’s mobility car while drunk

Haddington Sheriff Court

Haddington Sheriff Court

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A DRUNK driver was caught four times over the limit – as he drove his disabled friend’s mobility car.

William McGhee was spotted by neighbours as he staggered from the vehicle after driving to buy more alcohol following an afternoon drinking session.

McGhee, from Gullane, tried to blame the huge reading on “post-incident drinking” when police turned up at his door.

But expert reports proved the 51-year-old was lying and he was fined £550 and banned from the road for 18 months at Haddington Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Depute fiscal Calum Darling told the court unemployed McGhee was reported to police by concerned neighbours who had watched him park the vehicle as he “appeared drunk”.

McGhee admitted to driving a vehicle while over the limit in Muirfield Crescent, Gullane, on September 4 last year.

His solicitor Louise Taylor told the court: “He thought at the time he drove he was OK to drive. At the time his house was in chaos, and he felt frustrated at a number of personal difficulties.”