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Courts in Moray: 'Erratic' driver had his car keys confiscated

By Ali Morrison

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A Moray motorist has lost his licence after another driver confiscated his keys and reported him to the police.

Russell Black received a 12-month ban at Elgin Sheriff Court yesterday for failing to provide a breath sample.

Fiscal depute Susan Love told the court that Black's car was seen heading along Glen Moray Drive in Elgin at about 4pm on July 5.

She continued: "The car was being driven in such an erratic manner that the witness turned their own vehicle around and followed it.

"The car came to a stop and the witness got out their own vehicle.

"As they approached the car it was being revved excessively.

"The witness opened the door and took the keys out of the ignition.

"They then contacted the police."

Officers arrived on the scene and took Black to Elgin Police Station in order to carry out a breath test.

However, despite several attempts, the 68-year-old was unable to provide sufficient breath to give a valid reading.

Defence solicitor Robert Cruickshank stated that his client was a first-time offender.

The lawyer added that the incident caused Black to acknowledge he has problem with alcohol, and he's since referred himself to the Arrows agency.

The defendant, who lives on Murray Street, New Elgin, was banned from driving for 12 months and also fined £500.

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