Airman lands in court for drunk driving and smuggling!

AN AIRMAN AT RAF LOSSIEMOUTH smuggled a woman onto the base in the boot of his car after he had been refused entry by security staff.

The result of his action after a 12-hour drinking session landed him in court on Friday after suspicious base security checked his accommodation and found him with the woman.

Lee Medhurst, 27, admitted drink drive charges resulting from police being called and finding his breath test recorded almost five times the limit. He was fined £675 and banned from driving for 20 months – but his appearance at Elgin Sheriff Court is not the worst of his problems caused by his behaviour on December 5 last year.

A sought-after posting from Moray to Lincolnshire has been postponed, his chances of promotion barred for a year and a further financial penalty likely to be imposed by the RAF.

In court Fiscal depute Ross Carvel told of the early morning incident that started when Medhurst turned up at the guardroom seeking entry with his female friend, which was immediately refused. He left – only to pick up his car somewhere in the town and driving through the gates.

Mr Carvel said: “The accused returned to where his car had been parked and returned to RAF Lossiemouth with his partner hidden in the boot. When he arrived there was concerns because he had driven and police were contacted and conducted standard procedures.”

Following the case a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence hinted that security at the Moray base could be reviewed, she said: “The safety and security of our personnel and their families is of the highest priority and security procedures at RAF stations are continually reviewed and updated.”