A BORDERS man who admitted driving while more than three times the alcohol limit has been banned from the road for 12 months at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

Jay Scott, 22, of Hawick, pleaded guilty to driving in the town's Ramsay Road on April 4 with a breath/alcohol count of 70 microgrammes - the legal limit being 22.

Procurator fiscal Fraser Matheson said: "At around 8pm police were contacted about circumstances which are no longer before the court.

"There was concern about the way a vehicle had been driven.

"The accused was contacted and was asked if he was the driver.

"He was taken to Hawick Police Station where the breath/alcohol figure was recorded."

Scott, who works as a technical operator for a fibre optics company, was fully co-operative with the police.

The court was told he had just split up with his partner and had consumed a few beers during the day.

He then took his car out for a drive to clear his head, thinking he would be OK to drive.

Scott was banned from the road for a year and fined £300 with a £20 Victim Surcharge.

He was also put forward for the Drink-drive Rehabilitation Scheme which if completed at his own expense would mean a reduction of the length of the ban by 25 per cent.