A SELF-EMPLOYED builder from Jedburgh has admitted at the town's sheriff court driving while more than six times the legal alcohol limit.

David Easton had been at a party in Kelso on the evening of Friday, December 28, when he was pulled over by police.

The 54-year-old was found to have a breath/alcohol count of 140 microgrammes - the legal limit being 22.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said police were on the look-out for the vehicle after a report was made that a motorist could be drink driving.

He said the car was noticed in Abbey Row in Kelso at about 6.50pm and stopped by police.

Easton immediately admitted to officers he had been drinking.

Defence lawyer Sophie Russell admitted her client faced the possibility of a custodial sentence due to the high reading.

She said Easton had been at a party and was planning to stay in Kelso but instead of walking the 10 minute journey he got into the car instead.

After being cautioned and charged Easton said: "I have been stupid and very sorry and thankful nobody got hurt."

Sheriff Derrick McIntyre called for background reports to be prepared including a Restriction of Liberty Order assessment and deferred sentence until February 4.

In the meantime first offender Easton of High Street, Jedburgh, has received an interim driving ban.