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Former car dealer banned from driving after being found ‘slumped at wheel’ of Saab

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An Aberdeen businessman found slumped over the wheel while five times the drink-drive limit has been disqualified.

Former car dealer Adrian Smith was found in his Saab near a roundabout in Milltimber.

The 62-year-old was spotted by a concerned member of the public who raised the alarm.

Smith yesterday admitted a drink-driving charge when the case called at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday.

Fiscal depute Alan Townsend said: “Police noted the vehicle was stationary but the keys were in the ignition, so did a road side test.”

When Smith was breathalysed, it was found that he had 116 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath. The legal limit is 22mcg.

Smith, of North Deeside Road, Milltimber, was formerly chief executive of the Scottish Motor Trade Association and ran his own Saab dealership until the demise of the brand in 2011.

He was also, until November, director of Scotia Instrumentation Ltd, an oil and gas specialist instrumentation provider.

Defence solicitor Gregor Kelly said: “This was clearly a high reading and he had no place getting behind the wheel of a car having consumed that much alcohol.

“His time of 20 years at his business had come to an end – and a slump in the oil industry led to his leaving.”

It was added that he was “emotionally fragile” due to a recent loss of his father.

Mr Kelly added: “This was an isolated incident, and there is no suggestion he is anything other than a law abiding citizen.”

Sheriff William Summers said a “meaningful” sentence was necessary, and banned him from driving for two years and fined him £2,000.

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