Sunday, 4 January 2009

Drink-drive loophole lawyer convicted of drunken driving

Hamilton-based Nicholas J. Scullion & Co boast about their expertise in helping motorists charged with drink driving keep their licence. Their website says: "It is often thought that there are no defences to a charge of driving with excess alcohol or failing to provide a specimen. There are loopholes that can be exploited to help you avoid disqualification." But Scullion could not find a loophole to aid his own case. He was fined £400 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Scullion, of Bothwell, Lanarkshire, was stopped by police while driving his Jaguar in nearby Motherwell last September. A breath test revealed he was marginally over the drink-drive limit and a blood test found he had an alcohol count of 91mg - the limit is 80.Carol Whittingham, of the Campaign Against Drink Driving, said: "I'm very disappointed that a man in his position in society should receive such a lenient ban."