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Five arrested in Borders drink-driving crackdown

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Five people have been charged with drink-driving offences in the Scottish Borders over the weekend.

On Friday officers in Eyemouth responded to an address in Hurkur Crescent following a report of a breach of the peace. A man was detained in connection with the incident, at which point officers conducted a breath test after confirming he had driven to the area. The 45-year-old was arrested for drink driving and released pending the results of samples.

Road Policing Officers carrying out roadside checks on the A1 as part of the ongoing festive drink-driving campaign stopped a Ford Focus on Saturday, where the 35-year-old male driver was found to be two times over the limit.

A road collision was then reported within Stitchill at around 11.40pm on Saturday, after a Ford Focus struck a telegraph pole. The 26-year-old male driver was not injured, but failed a roadside breath test after blowing nearly four times more than the legal limit.

Another collision had also previously been reported on Saturday at 10.50pm within Earlston High Street. A Skodia Fabia struck a telegraph pole near to the church, resulting in a 40-year-old man being charged after police found that he was more than four times the limit behind the wheel.

At around 1am on Monday officers in Duns found a 35-year-old man sitting in the driver’s seat of a Skoda Octavia, which was parked within the car park of the old Berwickshire High School.

Police conducted a breathalyser test and found the male to be nearly four times over the limit. He was detained and subsequently charged.

All of those arrested will appear in court at a later date.

“It is extremely disappointing that five people have been found disregarding drink-driving legislation and putting not only themselves, but other road users at risk.

“Our festive campaign to tackle drink-driving is ongoing and that means there is an increased police presence on our roads, which ultimately means your chances of getting caught driving while under the influence are significantly higher.

“If you are found to be driving while over the limit, you will be charged and lose your licence and this could have significant implications for you in both a professional and personal capacity.

“Do not take the risk and leave your vehicle at home if you chose to drink. Please also remember that you may still have alcohol in your system the next day and if you feel you may still be over the limit then give yourself additional time before getting behind the wheel.”

– Chief Inspector Andy McLean, Local Area Commander for the Scottish Borders