A DRINK-DRIVER who tried to evade police on various roads throughout Peeblesshire has been banned from the road for 15 months at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Twenty-three-year-old Graham Scott, from Peebles, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving while over the alcohol limit on November 19.

Procurator fiscal Alasdair Fay said police officers were on mobile patrol in Kingsmeadows Road shortly before 2am on Saturday, November 19, when they witnessed a vehicle being driven in excess of 20mph which was the speed limit.

He explained how the car turned into Kingsway and on seeing the police blue light did a three-point turn then headed to Cardrona.

It then returned to Peebles via the A72 at speeds estimated to be in excess of 100mph.

Police were in pursuit as the vehicle driven by Scott travelled out Edinburgh Road towards Eddleston where its lights were switched off to avoid detection.

The vehicle was later found in Dalatho Crescent in Peebles at around 4.30am.

The self employed groundworker pleaded guilty to driving dangerously and driving with a breath alcohol count of 49 microgrammes – the legal limit being 22.

Defence lawyer Ed Hulme said his client had been out drinking with friends and foolishly agreed to take one of them home when he was spotted by police.

He added: “When the blue lights came on he panicked.”

In addition to the disqualification, Scott was fined a total of £800 with £40 victim surcharge.