Eight charged in second week of campaign

Grampian Police have charged eight people in the second week of the festive ACPOS Drink/Drug Driving Campaign.

Six people were caught driving under the influence of alcohol, a further one person was unfit through drugs and one person was unfit through alcohol.

At around 1am on Friday (December 16), police officers attended a report of a vehicle having crashed in Aberdeenshire, the male driver having fled the scene. Officers attended and traced the male nearby; enquiries revealed that a 26 year old man had unlawfully removed the vehicle in the New Pitsligo area and in addition he was a disqualified driver with no motor insurance.

The male was arrested and provided a breath sample of twice the legal limit.

At 3am on Saturday in Aberdeen, following a report from a member of the public, a 42 year old man was charged as he was found to be unfit to drive through alcohol.

He failed to provide any specimens for analysis and a request has been submitted for the court to consider seizing his vehicle.

At 9:35pm on Sunday in Lossiemouth a 33 year old man was detected and charged as he was found to be unfit to drive through drugs, he was also found to be in possession of a quantity of drugs.

Chief Inspector Ian Wallace, head of Grampian Police roads policing, said: “We will be out over the entire festive period, so to anyone who decides to risk drinking and driving - you have been warned.”

Drink or drug drivers can be reported 24-hours-a-day to Grampian Police on 0845 600 5700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.