A man was yesterday banned from driving for 20 months after he drunkenly reversed a car into a wall following an argument with his partner.
Scott Gordon, 47, had been drinking all day on July 29, when his partner drove to St Geraldine Road in Lossiemouth to meet him.
But they ended up having a row and Gordon jumped into the car and released the handbrake.
The vehicle was parked on a steep hill and rolled backwards down the street, mounting the pavement and crashing into a boundary wall.
Gordon was not hurt in the incident and the wall was not seriously damaged.
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Depute fiscal Kevin Corrins described the collision scene at Elgin Sheriff Court yesterday.
He said: “Witnesses on the street saw Gordon get out of the car, as did the owner of the wall who came out to investigate what had happened.
“Gordon then tells the homeowner that this situation has nothing to do with them and to f**k off.
“Gordon’s partner moves the car away and the accused is then picked up by an unknown friend and taken away.
“When officers attended his address later on in the night, he was slurring his words and later gave a positive breath specimen of 90mg which is over the legal limit.”
Gordon, of Commerce Street in Lossiemouth, was found to be four times over the 22mg drink-drive limit despite being breathalysed about an hour and a half after the incident.
Defence solicitor Matthew O’Neill said that his client was “deeply ashamed” of his actions.
“My client is aware how dire the conserquences could have been and it is fortunate no one suffered a serious injury.
“He had been consuming alcohol during the day and this resulted in a disagreement with his family but he knows he should not have done this.
“He is a local man and he knew the dangers but there was no damage done beyond the damage of the wall.”
Gordon plead guilty to driving while under the influence of alcohol and Sheriff Olga Pasportnikov disqualified him from driving for 20 months and gave him 250 hours of unpaid work to be completed in a year.