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Aberdeenshire oil worker told police he didn’t see the problem with drink-driving on quiet country road

Robert Riggs left his rifle outside its gun cabinet while away on holiday.
Robert Riggs left his rifle outside its gun cabinet while away on holiday.

An oil worker caught drink-driving told police he “didn’t see what the issue was” as he was only using country roads.

On Friday, October 11, William Cassells visited at a Peterculter pub before driving to Drumoak.

But police were on his tail, having “received information” that the 49-year-old might have been breaking the law.

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday, Cassels pleaded guilty to failing to provide two specimens of breath when officers caught up with him.

Fiscal, Lynzi Souter, said: “Police saw he was clearly under the influence of alcohol.

“He said he had had a couple drinks at the pub and, because he lived in the country, had driven home.

“He took B-classed roads and didn’t see what the issue was.”

Defence lawyer, Michael Horsman, said: “He had parked his car in a safe position and intended to get a taxi or bus home, but was unsuccessful.

“He stupidly drove home on a quiet B road.”

It was added that Cassells worked in the oil industry, and relied on his car day to day.

Sheriff Grant Hutchison said: “You had a cynical approach to this and didn’t expect to get caught.”

Cassells, of Redford Gardens in Drumoak, was banned for a year and fined £1,200.

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