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Courts in Moray: Drink driver crashed into lamppost


By Ali Morrison

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A second-time drink driver who collided with a lamppost has been banned again from the roads.

Dane Gill lost control of his car near the roundabout at the entrance to Tesco's in Elgin.

The 21-year-old quarry worker was found to be nearly four times over the limit when he was breathalysed at 2am on April 15.

Elgin Sheriff Court heard that a member of the public had phoned the police to report a vehicle travelling at about double the 30mph speed limit.

Gill, whose address was given in court paper as Back Street, Newmill, was previously banned from driving in 2017.

Speaking during the legal proceedings yesterday, defence solicitor Matthew O'Neill said: "He appreciates that he was foolish to drive under the influence.

"He had been at a house with friends and a decision was made to go home but because of the time he was unable to get a lift.

"He foolishly volunteered his services. He can only apologise, especially as he is a young man who had been through the courts before."

The breathalyser recorded a reading of 86 of alcohol in his system. The legal limit is 22.

Gill was given a three-year ban and told he will have to take his driving test again before he can get his licence back.

In addition, he was also fined £1040.


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