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Local chef caught drink driving while disqualified is banned from getting behind the wheel for 29 months

By Ali Morrison

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A LOCAL chef has been banned from driving for more than two years and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work after being caught drink driving while disqualified.

Appearing at Inverness Sheriff Court, Krzysztof Urbaniec (53), of Fulton Road, admitted driving from his Forres home to West Ross on August 5 while more than six times over the legal limit.

After being banned from driving for 29 months and ordered to carry our community work, Urbaniec was told he will "never be closed to going to prison" by Sheriff Sara Matheson.

Fiscal depute Ruraidh Allison told Sheriff Matheson that police received a call expressing concern about the manner of Urbaniec's driving and stopped him on the A87 between Shiel Bridge and Dornie.

A check on the police computer revealed that Urbaniec was also a disqualified driver. He also pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Defence solicitor advocate Mike Chapman said his client was on his way to work in Portree, where he worked seven days on and three days off.

"He would return to Forres flat on his days off but he missed his bus when he was due to go back to Skye," Mr Chapman said.

"He took his son's van and he should not have. He has lost his job now but has got a new one in Forres and doesn't need his licence as he can walk to work."

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