Prison sentence for drug driver

A dangerous driver who sped past a Donside village school while high on drugs has been sentenced to five months in prison.

Children were leaving the playground when 47 year-old Graham Reid’s van careered through Keig before crashing into a field.

He travelled past the school at such speed parents saw the fence sawy, Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard. He was later found to have cocaine and benzodiazepine in his system.

The court was told the section of the B992 Keig to Auchlaven road had a 30mph speed limit, restricted to 20mph at the start and finish of the school day. Fiscal depute Jemma Eadie said Reid had approached the school at about 3.20pm, when the restriction was in place.

She said: “There were parents with children in the playground and they heard the sound of a vehicle. They turned and saw the vehicle speeding past.”

The court heard that Reid continued west out of the village and attempted to overtake another car in the face of oncoming traffic. He swerved into a field and the van rolled before coming to a stop upright.

Ms Eadie said Reid falsely told witnesses that he was being chased by police. A blood test revealed he was under the influence of drugs.

Reid admitted driving dangerously and while unfit on November 21 last year. Defence agent Laura Gracie said he had lost his father in June 2011 and was also involved in a business dispute with his nephew.

She said Reid had been “on a bender” the weekend before and realised he should not have driven. He had a similar previous conviction.

Sheriff Graham Buchanan said his behaviour had been “highly irresponsible and dangerous”. He said: “I would be failing in my public duty if I did not, in a case as serious as this, impose a custodial sentence.”

Reid, of Heron Heights, Montgarrie, Alford, was also banned from driving for four years.