Banned drink driver jailed for 6 months

A BUCHAN drink driver who took his mother’s car and drove it away despite being disqualified has been jailed.

Monday, 9th January 2012, 10:31 am

Ryan Martin was almost three times the legal driving limit when he took the car without permission on December 10 last year.

The 22-year-old was sentenced to six months imprisonment after a judge ruled that previous community-based sentences had not been effective in stopping him from getting behind the wheel while drunk.

Peterhead Sheriff Court heard that Martin, of Watermill Road in Fraserburgh, had a history of difficulties with alcohol and had “turned to the bottle for solace” after receiving bad news about a relative and relationship troubles.

Leonard Birkenshaw, defending, said: “The majority of Mr Martin’s offending relates to his difficulties with alcohol. He has previously been employed in a well paid job as a scaffolder and knows that he needs to effectively ‘man up’ and get his life back together.

“If he is allowed time to deal with his issues then he can become a useful member of society.”

Forfeiture of the car belonging to Martin’s mother was denied because she had not given her permission for her son to drive it.

Sentencing Martin to six months imprisonment and banning him from driving for a further five years, Sheriff Gregor Murray said: “It is clear from reports that you have the potential to become a capable member of society and a benefit to others.

“But you have had probation and community payback orders and I have no alternative than to impose a custodial sentence.”

Cries were heard from the public gallery as Martin was removed from the court.