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Aberdeen businessman disqualified for drink-driving

Kevin Freeborn
Kevin Freeborn

An Aberdeen businessman has been banned from the roads after he crashed his motorbike while over the drink-drive limit.

Kevin Freeborn was found by worried passersby lying motionless in the middle of Countesswells Road on May 21 this year.

After calling for an ambulance they noticed his bike lying nearby and police officers were also called to the scene.

When officers arrived, Freeborn was conscious but was struggling to move his arm.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard yesterday that he admitted to the police, who were trying to get him to take a breath test, that he had been drinking and told them: “I know I am over the limit. I have been drinking. I will fail anyway”.

Yesterday the 41-year-old admitted getting on his bike while he had 112 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

Fiscal depute Karen Dow said the incident happened at around 11.05pm. She said the witnesses noticed the bike was half on the road and half on the pavement while he was lying on the road complaining of a sore shoulder.

She said Freeborn was then taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where blood tests were carried out.

Representing the self-employed consultant, solicitor Liam McAllister said the offence was completely out of character for his client who had not been given any penalty points since getting his driving licence in 1989.

He said that before the crash Freeborn had been celebrating with a friend who had recently “come into good fortune”.

He said he had been drinking wine and “foolishly” thought that, given the passage of time, he would have been safe to drive.

The court heard Freeborn, of 32 Manse Road, Cults, has very little memory of the events. Mr McAllister said that the last thing he can remember is waking up in hospital.

Sheriff Annella Cowan disqualified the dad-of-two for one year and fined him £750.

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