A 24-year-old man who took a car while under the influence of alcohol in an attempt to see his long lost mother has been jailed for 120 days at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

McRae Fairbairn pleaded guilty to a total of five offences following a party in Kelso during the early hours of August 10.

He pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at the party after he made an approach to a female which was rejected.

Depute fiscal Anna Robertson said Fairbairn of Robertson Drive, Edinburgh, then took the key to a vehicle but was soon stopped by police on the outskirts of the town.

He was found to have a breath/alcohol reading of 49 microgrammes - the legal limit being 22 - as well as having no insurance or licence.

Defence lawyer Ed Hulme said his client had been consuming alcohol with friend.

At the party he had been told his mother who walked out on him when he was just 10 years old was now living in Coldstream and he decided he wanted to see her.

Mr Hulme said: "He decided to take a cousin's car and go over to Coldstream and see her but he only had a provisional licence and had been drinking.

"He should not have driven."

Fairbairn was jailed for 120 days and banned from driving for 12 months.