Seagate crash driver banned

A PETERHEAD drink driver who crashed into a parked car has been banned from driving for two years.

Igor Ivanov was more than three times the legal drink driving limit when the people carrier he was driving collided with a white transit van which was parked on the town’s Seagate.

Ivanov, who is originally from Lithuania, was knocked unconscious in the September 23rd crash and had to be cut free by firefighters after becoming trapped by the vehicle’s steering wheel.

The fishing industry worker suffered cuts to the head and was rushed to hospital in Aberdeen although his injuries were not life threatening.

A breath test found that Ivanov had 249 milligrams of blood in 100 millilitres of breath - almost three times the legal limit.

Graeme McDonald, defending, said that Ivanov had been having some family difficulties and had “found solace in alcohol”.

He said: “He is aware that this is no excuse and fully regrets what happened.

“It was completely out of character for Mr Ivanov and he has not been in trouble with the police before or since.”

Ivanov was banned from driving for two years and fined £360.