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Inverness court hands jail sentence to man who admitted his fourth drink-drive offence


By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

A former Inverness man has been jailed for six months after pleading guilty to drink-driving for a fourth time.

Joseph Stewart, now living in Romack Road, Forres, appeared for sentence at Inverness Sheriff Court after previously admitting driving while disqualified and with excess alcohol on the A96 near Nairn in July.

Sheriff Sara Matheson heard that police received a tip-off that he was driving and kept a lookout for the 27-year-old.

When he was stopped, a breath test revealed he was almost four times the legal limit.

Defence solicitor Rory Gowans said: “He knows what to expect. His record does him no credit.”

Sheriff Matheson told Stewart: “You should not have been driving, far less drink-driving. When you are in prison, start thinking about how you can turn things around.”

Stewart was also disqualified from driving for four years.

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