Mar 1 2013 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
A Galston shopkeeper stopped by police as he made his way home after attending a two-day wedding celebration had an alcohol level 3½ times the legal driving limit.
Pavita Shergill, 47, of Bank Street, Irvine, earlier pleaded guilty to driving in the same street last May with a breath/alcohol count of 118 microgrammes. The legal maximum is 35.
Sentence was previously deferred for a criminal justice social work report and he was disqualified from driving in the interim.
Isobel Vincent, prosecuting, told Kilmarnock Sheriff Court said that Shergill’s vehicle came to the attention of police at 12.27am. She said: “They gestured for the accused to open the window. He was clearly unable to do so.
“Then the driver’s door was opened and there was a strong smell of alcohol.”
Allan Kerr, defending, said that his client had a shop in Galston in which his whole family worked.
“It opens early in the morning and closes late at night,”he said.
Mr Kerr told the court that the loss of his licence was already causing Shergill “significant difficulties and a significant loss of income”.
Shergill, he said, had been attending a wedding in England and had got a lift back to Galston, where he had left his van.
Said the solicitor: “He and his friend had two pints of beer each. Clearly, given the reading, he must have had alcohol in his system.
“He had been driven up in a six-hour journey, but it had been a two-day wedding and quite a vast quantity of alcohol had been taken.”
Mr Kerr said that Shergill appreciated that he would be disqualified for longer than the minimum period.
Sheriff Iona McDonald told Shergill: “Your reading was 118 over 35 – 3½ times the limit.” He was fined £550 and banned from the road for 18 months.