A MOTORIST who admitted a drink driving offence has been banned from the road for 12 months and fined £300 at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

David Stirling, 35, of Scott Road, Lauder, pleaded guilty to driving on the Galashiels to Lauder road at Threepwood with a breath/alcohol, count of 42 microgrammes - the legal limit being 22 - on September 26.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said two ladies were driving on the road when they came across the accused's vehicle which was on its roof with the hazard lights on.

He said: "The vehicle had gone down a banking.

"The accused appeared in the middle of the road.

"He said it was his car.

"When the ladies said they would call the police he said don't call the police and then became agitated and he ran off down the road.

"His pupils appeared heavily dilated and the police were called.

"This had happened at about 8pm and at about 9.20pm the accused was seen in the Lauderdale Hotel where he ordered a bottle of cider.

"The barman noticed he was bleeding from one of his hands. he asked for a plastic cup to put the cider in and went back to his home address where the police were waiting."

Stirling told the court he had several drinks but had then gone out for a meal in Galashiels which involved no drink.

He noticed he had left his phone and felt he had waited long enough and was able to drive but admitted:"I went too early."

The hotel supervisor was banned for a year and fined £300.