A law graduate, who was about to embark on a postgraduate legal studies course, was found to be almost four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit when stopped by the police on 22 June.
Ronald Rose, 44, is a graduate of Stirling University who, in the past, stood as an independent candidate for Perth and Kinross Council and also lodged a petition with the Scottish Government recommending a system that would allow police to enforce alcohol exclusion zones.
But while campaigning to make Aberfeldy, Perthshire, a less boozy town, Rose was also battling his own alcohol problem.
He has already faced two previous drink-driving convictions from ten and 14 years ago, and this most recent offence was described by Perth Sheriff Michael Fletcher as “a very serious matter”.
Sheriff Fletcher said: “We are faced with the latest case where you were driving while you were three-and-a-half times over the limit.
“It is a level at which you should not have had any doubt that you should not have been driving. I have considered what has been said in the reports and your circumstances when concluding whether I can deal with it by way of a non-custodial sentence.
“In view of the fact it is your third conviction, and it is such a high reading, I have reached the conclusion that I cannot.”
Ronald Rose was banned from driving for five years and sentenced to five months in jail. He will miss the start of his postgraduate course.
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