20-month ban for Bo’ness father of three

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Drunk driver Iain Miller was involved in a high speed chase through the streets of Bo’ness in the early hours of the morning.

Police officers were in hot pursuit after spotting the 28-year-old driving dangerously and too fast.

Falkirk Sheriff Court heard the incident occurred around 1am on September 20, 2014.

Procurator fiscal depute Claire Smith told the court: “Officers were in a marked police vehicle and were carrying out routine patrols.

“The vehicle driven by the accused came to their attention because of the excessive speed.

“They followed the vehicle which was doing 70mph in a 40mph zone.

“They followed it and it was seen to straddle the line markings.”

Ms Smith said it was eventually stopped in Bo’ness and, when officers spoke to the accused, he appeared to be slurring his words.

Miller was taken to a police office where he was found to have 92 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

At the time of the incident on September 20 last year, the limit was 35.

However, since December 5, 2014, this has been reduced further to a maximum of 22 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

As well as driving over the limit, Miller, of 45 Jessfield Place, Bo’ness, admitted driving dangerously and at excessive speeds in Grangemouth Road, failing to keep proper control of his vehicle and driving round a roundabout the wrong way.

Defence solicitor Murray Aitken said his client was a father-of-three children by two different mothers.

Sheriff John Mundy disqualified Miller for 20 months, backdated to January 21, and placed him on a community payback order with a condition he completes 80 hours of unpaid work.

He will also be supervised for 12 months.