A MAN who has three convictions for road traffic offences - despite never having passed his driving test - has been banned from the roads again.

Callum Pegg was sentenced at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on March 26 after crashing a vehicle on the A82 near Tarbet in November while two and a half times over the legal alcohol limit.

Police attended a report of a black Mini that had crashed into a ditch around a quarter of a mile north of the village just after 10pm on November 17.

The fiscal depute told Friday’s hearing that the car was found lying on the driver’s side and no-one was traced nearby.

Information passed on to officers by Police Scotland’s control room confirmed that a member of the public had pulled the accused out of the vehicle and driven him to Dumbarton for assistance.

The accused was eventually traced and was suspected by police to be under the influence of alcohol.

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He was taken to the police station where he admitted driving while drunk.

He also told police that he did not hold a valid driving licence.

Pegg’s solicitor, Brian McGuire, told the court that his client has a previous conviction for drink driving dating back to August 2016, as well as a separate and more recent conviction for dangerous driving.

Mr McGuire told Sheriff John Hamilton that Pegg, who was listed in court papers as living in the hamlet of Anaheilt, near Strontian in Lochaber, has never held a full licence or passed his driving test.

The defence solicitor said: “He should not have been driving, he recognises that fact.

“His thinking was not logical or sensible.

“He is going to take responsibility. It is his fault and he recognises that.

“He recognises that during lockdown he has gone into a bit of a tailspin. He is now getting the support he needs.”

Sheriff Hamilton imposed a fine of £700, modified from £1,000, and gave Pegg 28 days to pay the fine.

The 29-year-old was also banned from holding or obtaining a driving licence for two years.

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