Dundee motorist crashed into Kingsway railings while five times over alcohol limit

Charlie McGuinness was caught by police
Charlie McGuinness was caught by police

A drink-driver caught almost five times the alcohol limit has been fined and banned.

Charlie McGuinness, of Kirkton Crescent, was found “intoxicated” behind the wheel after crashing his car near the A90 Kingsway West in the early hours of December 2 last year.

A sheriff told the 24-year-old that he was lucky to have escaped without causing “significant damage”.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard that McGuinness previously pleaded guilty to having 105 mics of alcohol in 100 mls of breath, exceeding the limit of 22 mics.

Fiscal depute Lynne Mannion said the alarm was raised after McGuinness failed to negotiate a roundabout at the fly-over on Coupar Angus Road near the A90 Kingsway West.

She said: “It was just after 2am and witnesses saw the accused fail to negotiate the roundabout and collide with railings. He was spoken to by people there and they could see that he was intoxicated.

“Police were called and the reading was given as stated in the charge.”

Charlie McGuinness
Charlie McGuinness was caught by police

Social work reports were previously called for due to the high reading McGuinness – who has no previous convictions – provided during his breath test.

Solicitor John Boyle said: “Quite simply it was a matter of stupidity to drive the car and he’s very remorseful for that.

“He appreciates he’s very lucky the consequences are not as serious as they could be.”

Passing sentence, Sheriff John Rafferty said: “This was an extremely high reading.

“You were fortunate that you did not cause significant damage and you are extremely fortunate that you did not have any record because if you had a record for analogous matters then you would be looking at a custodial sentence.”

McGuinness was fined £1,100 and banned from driving for 21 months.

He was also ordered to resit his driving test once his ban is over.

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