An Aberdeen man has been banned from the road after driving to the shop to buy paracetamol while more than three times the alcohol limit.
Duncan Shepherd, of Victoria Street in Dyce, was stopped on Stoneywood Road while driving a purple Ford Fiesta under the influence of alcohol on April 16.
Fiscal depute Lucy Simpson told Aberdeen Sheriff Court today that the 60-year-old had provided a breath specimen at the side of the road when his car was pulled over by police.
After the sample provided a positive result, he was taken to Kittybrewster police station for further tests.
Shepherd was then found to have 77 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when the legal limit is 22.
Defence solicitor, Kevin Longino, said his client had been at home drinking when he began to feel unwell and retired to bed.
After waking up a short time later, Shepherd was “confused” about how much time had passed and decided to drive to the shop to buy paracetamol.
Mr Longino said his client regretted his actions “very much” and had accepted that they could result in disqualification.
Sheriff Philip Mann said he was “sure” Shepherd knew the “possible consequences” of drink driving.
Taking into account the early guilty plea, Sheriff Mann disqualified Shepherd from driving for 16 months instead of two years. He also fined him £500.