A MOTORIST was spotted by police driving the wrong way in a one way system in Market Street, Galashiels, during the early hours of December 15.

And when stopped by police Jason Metcalfe was found to be over the legal alcohol limit.

But the 50-year-old from Sandy in Bedfordshire, claimed he was forced to drive the vehicle by another man whose wife the car was registered to and he was afraid of him.

Metcalfe pleaded guilty at Selkirk Sheriff Court to driving with a breath/alcohol count of 37 microgrammes - the legal limit being 22.

Not guilty pleas to having no insurance, no MOT and failing to comply with a road sign were accepted by the Crown.

Defence lawyer Greg McDonnel said his client was told he had to drive the vehicle.

But he accepted in law coertion was a high test to reach and Metcalfe had pleaded guilty to the drink driving offence.

He was banned for 12 months and fined £250.