A security guard has lost his job of 13 years after jumping a traffic light and pranging into another motor while over the drink drive limit.
John Clifford, 43, smashed his white Peugeot Partner diesel van into a car in the town’s Bridge Street on October 22.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard Clifford had been waiting at the traffic lights and ploughed into another motorist, despite not having right of way.
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When cops attended the smash they discovered Clifford, who worked for Orbis Security, was over the legal limit and gave him a roadside breath test, which he failed. He was arrested and taken into custody.
Procurator fiscal depute Flora Napier said: “At around 12.35pm the accused was in his work’s vehicle travelling in the direction of Bridge Street,
“He approached the traffic lights, which were red, and stopped.
“At that point, the witness was in his vehicle travelling in the opposite direction and he also had to stop at the traffic lights.
“When the light turned green, the witness had right of way.
“The accused drove directly into his path, causing significant damage to both vehicles.
“Police attended and the accused said, ‘It is me you are after’.”
Clifford, of Thrashbrush Avenue, Wishaw, pleaded guilty to careless driving.
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He also admitted driving while the proportion of alcohol on his breath was 36 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath, and the legal limit is 22mcg.
A defence agent told the court Clifford admitted to “having a few drinks the night before” and believed he was “fit to drive” on the afternoon of the
He said: “Clearly, he wasn’t fit to drive and he fully accepts responsibility for making the foolish decision to drive the work’s vehicle that day.
“He worked as a security guard for Orbis Security and requires his driving licence for that job.
“However, he has told his employer, who has said he would not be able to remain in that job he has held since 2007.”
Sheriff Seith Ireland disqualified him from driving for one year and handed him a £400 fine.
He was allowed to pay the fine at £50 per month.