Inverness drink-driver forfeits car
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An Inverness man was banned from driving for three years and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work after admitting his second drink-driving offence.
Inverness Sheriff Court was told that Damien Kowalski (30), of Milton Crescent, had previously been banned for 16 months for a similar offence committed in Inverness on July 15.
This court appearance related to an offence before that one, with Kowalski breathalysed by police after an accident in Heather Road, Inverness in the early hours of July 2.
His reading was almost five times the legal limit, having 108mcgs of alcohol in his system when only 22mcgs are allowed.
Defence solicitor Marc Dickson said: “He developed an alcohol misuse programme after suffering from work-related stress.
“He has since lost his job. His vehicle – an old Corsa – was forfeited as a result of the other offence.
“He looks a lot better now as he has not consumed any alcohol since.”