Ban and £1000 fine for Spice Girls concert drink-driver
A 56-year-old man was caught drink-driving as he drove a distraught Spice Girls fan back home to Fife.
Terance Mulligan had gone out for an after-work drink with colleagues at an Edinburgh construction project.
He started speaking to a woman who was in Edinburgh for a Spice Girls but when she became upset because of personal issues he offered to drive her home.
However, he was more than three times over the drink-drive limit and police stopped his van after seeing it veering about the motorway near Dunfermline.
Mulligan, of Grange Road, Newark, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.
He admitted that on 9th June on the M90 northbound near to Dunfermline he drove a van having consumed excess alcohol. His reading was 69 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 22 microgrammes.
Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said police on patrol saw a Vauxhall Vivaro van being driven erratically, weaving about the road.
When officers stopped the van they could smell alcohol from the driver.
Defence solicitor Roshni Joshi said her client was a first offender and worked as a steel erector.
He was working at St James Centre development and after work he and his colleagues had gone out for a drink.
She went on, “He says there was a Spice Girls concert on that night, the pubs were busy and he and his colleagues had been talking to a group of females.”
One of the women became upset about matters in her personal life, said she wanted to go home and Mulligan offered to give her a lift.
Ms Joshi added the driving ban “could have a huge impact on his employment”.
Sheriff Craig McSherry fined Mulligan £1000 and disqualified him from driving for a year.