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Sentence deferred on driver caught with drugs


By SPP Reporter


A driver caught with a class A drug with a street value of up to £2900 had sentence deferred after a sheriff asked for him to be assessed for treatment.

George Stewart was spottedbehind the wheel of his Volvo car with his head hanging sideways and his tongue hanging out, a previous court heard.

A female driver was so concerned about his driving she had followed him from the Tore roundabout on the A9 into Inverness. He struck the kerb and mounted the central reservation on the dual carriageway several times.

Police were contacted and 45-year-old Stewart was traced in Anderson Street where he lived.

When he was stopped by police he provided a specimen of breath but although shown to be clear officers said he was "obviously intoxicated", Inverness Sheriff Court heard.

A wrap of diamorphine containing 29 grammes of the Class A drug was found in his possession. It had a wholesale value of between £850 and £1000 and a potential street value in £10 deals of £2,900.

He admitted on 7th April last year driving while unfit through drink or drugs and possession of heroin with intent to supply.

At Inverness Sheriff Court today Stewart's agent said the father of two was unemployed and had a destructive relationship with heroin but had attended Osprey House for help with his drug addiction.

Sheriff Margaret Neilson deferred sentence until 3rd June so Stewart could be assessed for a drug treatment and testing order and an interim driving ban was continued.



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