AN AYR drink driver who was caught nearly three times the limit in the town has been disqualified for three years.

Scott McKelvie admitted driving with 62 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath while in South Harbour Street in Ayr on December 3, 2023.

The legal limit in Scotland is 22 microgrammes.

The 37-year-old held his hands up to committing the offence when he appeared for sentencing at Ayr Sheriff Court last week.

The procurator fiscal depute said: “Police on uniformed mobile patrol observed the vehicle. Police followed the vehicle and the driver stopped of his own accord.

“The driver was identified as the accused and the sole occupant. Police officers noted he smelled of alcohol, and the accused made admissions he had consumed alcohol in the early hours.

“Police requested the accused provide a specimen of breath. The accused complied with the request, and was thereafter arrested.”

McKelvie was then taken to Kilmarnock police office, where he provided two further specimens of breath later that day which confirmed he was over the limit.

McKelvie was cautioned and charged before being released to appear in court.

He appeared for sentencing at the town’s sheriff court last week after a background social work report was ordered.

Defence solicitor Tony Currie said: “The circumstances are explained in the body of the [social work] report. He has no other matters outstanding.

“He recognised responsibility when he was apprehended, and is remorseful and regretful.

“He made the decision to consume alcohol. He is a man who has worked his life but is not currently employed.”

McKelvie, of Wilson Street, Ayr, was disqualified for three years with his licence endorsed.

Sheriff McFarlane told McKelvie he would have the opportunity to join the drink driver rehabilitation scheme.