A driver who ploughed into a wall in what a sheriff said was a “shocking escapade” has been banned from the road and ordered to undertake unpaid work.
Intars Cakuls, of Balnagask Road, Aberdeen, appeared at the city’s sheriff court yesterday having pleaded guilty to driving carelessly, while disqualified, without insurance and while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
On January 17, Cakuls drove a silver BMW 3 Series on various roads, including Ferryhill Road and Marine Terrace.
One of the charges against him said he had driven “without due care and attention” for other road users.
It also noted that he was driving “erratically” when he collided hit a wall on Marnie Terrace after “failing to negotiate a junction”.
The 32-year-old Latvian national was banned from driving for three years and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
Solicitor Neil McRobert told the court his client had taken steps to address issues with alcohol and drugs since the incident.
He added that, although currently out of work, Cakuls was “hopeful” he would be returning to full time employment in the “near future”, though he accepted a driving ban was “imminent”.
Sheriff William Summers said it had been a “shocking escapade”.
“It involved driving while you were disqualified, driving without insurance and driving carelessly while you were unfit to do so through drink or drugs,” he said.
“You were very fortunate no-one was injured and you are not facing more serious charges.
“I am satisfied that the public interest can be served by disqualifying you from driving and imposing a community payback order as a direct alternative to custody.”
Sheriff Summers dealt with each charge individually but did reduce his driving ban and unpaid work on account of his earlier guilty plea at court.