Public action leads to two facing charges at Elgin Court


Intervention by members of the public led to two men appearing at Elgin Sherriff Court on Thursday facing drink driving and drugs charges.

The court was told that lorry driver Kevin Stevenson, 44, was noted to have empty beer cans in the cab of his Jewson’s truck and they had been alerted by concerned staff and customers at a filling station, who had intervened by stopping him re-entering his vehicle in Mosstodloch.

Stevenson, from Schoolbrae in Lhanbryde, was located by police at a nearby Chinese Takeaway where a breath test found him to have 125mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – the legal limit was 35mg.

The court heard that Stevenson had subsequently lost his job. After admitting previous drink drive offences he was jailed for five months and banned from the roads for eight years.

At the same court facing charges was an offshore worker who when returning from an outing in Aberdeen by rail was noted by other passengers to be in possession of cocaine.

Darren Eastcroft, 35, was on his way home to Kinlochbervie on the Aberdeen to Inverness train when passengers reported him to the train conductor. Subsequently police were waiting for the train at Elgin station where they found Eastcroft to be in possession of cocaine valued at £50 and ecstasy valued at £30.

Eastcroft, who had no history of drug possession, was fined £600 and ordered to pay it in £150 monthly instalments.

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