“Two shandies” driver was over the limit


A Yorkshire man, working on the new Forth crossing, found out the hard way the difference between the drink drive limits in Scotland and England.

Luke Krushell was over the drink-drive limit when police stopped him in Dunfermline town centre.

He claimed he had only had two shandies and his reading was below the English limit.

Luke Krushell (29), of Meanwood Towers, Leeds, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on 24th March in Carnegie Drive and Douglas Street he drove a car having consumed excess alcohol.

His reading was 33 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 22 microgrammes. The limit in England is 35 microgrammes.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said that around 9.15pm police officers stopped Krushell’s car because of the way it was being driven.

“He told the officers he was from Leeds and was unfamiliar with the roads in this area. They could smell alcohol from him,” added the depute.

Krushell then failed a breath test and was taken to Dunfermline police station.

Defence solicitor Sarah Meehan said her client was a first offender and had been in this area working on the new Forth bridge when the offence occurred.

“Ordinarily he lives in Leeds and he thought the drink-drive limit was the same in Scotland as it is there,” she went on.

“He appreciates that ignorance is not a defence and recognises he was over the limit having consumed two shandies.”

Sheriff Craig McSherry banned Krushell from driving for 12 months and fined him £700.

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