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Sloshed driver cut up cops on M8; M-WAY MAYHEM Motorist was five times the limit.

Byline: David Campbell

A tanked-up driver who swerved out in front of a cop car on the motorway was more than five times over the limit, a court has heard.

Viktor Zolnerovics, 44, was heading to Glasgow Airport to pick up his wife when a police officer was forced to take evasive action.

The professional driver blew a reading of 117 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, well over the drink drive limit.

Fiscal Depute Tom Bowman told the court that Zolnerovics was travelling along the M8 near Paisley, when he pulled his bizarre manoeuvre.

He said: "The time was 10.30pm. Uniform mobile patrol marked police car was conveying two members of the public to Johnstone on a separate matter.

Police Constable Miller was travelling in lane two on the M8. Another car was travelling in lane one. There were no other cars in front of the vehicle.

"As the cars passed the junction for Paisley the accused's vehicle changed lanes for no apparent reason into the path of the police vehicle and then returned to lane one.

"Constable Miller was forced to take evasive action into lane three to avoid the vehicle. The accused was stopped by a constable under blue lights and sirens."

The court heard that other cops attended the scene and smelled booze from Zolnerovics who failed a roadside test.

He blew a massive 117 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, when the legal limit is 22mcg.

His defence agent explained, that he was on his way to pick up his wife at Glasgow Airport when he was pulled over on December 16, last year.

He said: "It was not anticipated that he would be driving but at last minute cancellation required him to collect his wife. He made an effort to try to get someone else to go but had not been able to get anyone. He was going to drive himself there and his wife was going to drive back."

The lawyer said it was likely he would lose his job as a leaflet delivery driver as a result of the ban.

Sheriff Seith Ireland told Zolnerovics that he was close to being jailed.

He said: "This is a high reading, the limit is 22 and you were at 117, so it's high. You must have driven some distance, Harthill is not just round the corner."

Zolnerovics, of Paxstone Crescent, Harthill, was banned from the road for 24 months, which could be reduced if he takes a drink driving rehabilitation course.

He was also ordered to carry out 130 hours of unpaid work within six months.

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Date:Feb 13, 2018
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