A self-employed electrician was caught drink-driving after his car went on fire at the side of a busy north road.
Steven MacGilvray was three times the drink-drive limit when he crashed into the back of another car at the junction of the Aviemore to Grantown-on-Spey road on April 14 this year.
But although the other driver stopped and got out, 45-year-old MacGilivray drove off in his Vauxhall Astra.
Inverness Sheriff Court heard that the police later received a report of a vehicle on fire on the A9 at Daviot.
Depute fiscal Fiona Murray said: “Officers attended and found it was the MacGilvray’s Astra which had been reported to them.
“It had front end damage but there was not a fire.
“He was standing on the verge and his speech was slurred.”
Mrs Murray said MacGilvray confirmed to officers that he had been involved in a collision but did not think it was worthy of stopping.
He was breathalysed and was over three times over the legal limit.
Solicitor John MacColl said MacGilvray, of Spey Avenue, Boat of Garten may now need to give up work as he uses his car on a daily basis.
MacGilvray was disqualified for 16 months by Sheriff Valerie Johnston and fined a total of £700 after admitting drink and careless driving.