A driver who blew one of Scotland’s highest breath test readings after drunkenly weaving 50 miles down the A90 dual carriageway has been allowed to keep the money from his seized BMW to pay off the finance on the car.
Bogdan Paciorek was followed by a convoy of concerned motorists as he attempted to get home to Edinburgh after a drinking session with workmates in Aberdeen last March.
A string of drivers dialled 999 after seeing the 46-year-old joiner swerving around the Dundee to Aberdeen trunk road and hitting the verge in the early evening incident.
He eventually pulled into a layby south of Forfar where police found vodka and whisky bottles in the car.
Paciorek then gave a roadside breath test reading of 173 microgrammes, almost eight times the legal limit of 22 and one of the highest counts recorded since 2014 changes to Scotland’s drink drive laws lowered the amount of alcohol someone is permitted to have in their system while in control of a car.
Sheriff Derek Reekie told him: “Two hours after you started driving, you are still eight times the limit.
“Other road users, in the interest of the safety of themselves and others, followed you until you stopped.”
The judge heard he had been banned from driving for two years following an appearance at Aberdeen Sheriff Court last August for a similar offence.
Paciorek dodged a prison sentence and was ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work under a year-long Community Payback Order.
The Angus sheriff also disqualified him from driving for 30 months.
Paciorek’s car was seized by the authorities but he has now been allowed to use the sale proceeds to pay off outstanding finance on the BMW.
A sheriff court appeals hearing in Edinburgh made the ruling over the forfeited silver BMW.
A spokesman said: “Mr Paciorek’s appeal was successful insofar that the forfeited vehicle is to be sold and the proceeds will be used to pay off outstanding finance on the vehicle and the remainder given to the Crown, providing vouching is given to the court.
“If the appellant fails to provide vouching within 28 days then the entire proceeds will be retained by the Crown.”