Boozed up police officer found slumped in his car inside the Clyde Tunnel



A drink driving police officer was caught seven times over the limit on his way to work.  David Baillie, 38, was found slumped against the window of his Vauxhall Insignia in the Clyde Tunnel in August this year.  Baillie had run out of fuel and told police colleagues that someone was coming to assist him.  He refused to give a proper sample to the attending officers, saying it would “ruin my life”.  Baillie later gave a reading of 155 micrograms in 100 millilitres when the legal limit is 22 milligrams.  He pled guilty last month at Glasgow Sheriff Court to refusing to give two specimens of breath to police. Yesterday, he was fined £400 and disqualified from driving for 16 months by Sheriff Patricia Pryce.  The court heard Baillie’s car was stopped near the tunnel’s southbound entrance. Tunnel staff who attended believed he was under the influence of alcohol or medication.  When police arrived Baillie opened the driver’s door and officers noted the smell of alcohol and that his eyes were bloodshot.  Baillie denied being under the influence when asked by officers for a breath sample. He told them: “I’m just going to work, just let me go, I’m nearly there. Don’t do this to me, it’s going to ruin my life.”  Baillie agreed to a breath test but blew into the device with minimal effort. He was warned about failing to provide a sample and gave a test measured at 155 micrograms.  En route to the station, Baillie pleaded with officers, saying: “How can you do this? I’ve done nothing wrong, just drop me at my work. I can’t believe I blew that, I’m not going to blow at the office, sorry boys.”  Baillie also refused at the police station and said: “I need a pee, I’m not doing it, I need the toilet.” He then pretended to faint before being charged.  Lawyer Pamela Rodgers, defending, said Baillie, from Cumbernauld , had post traumatic stress disorder and “could lose his job” as a result of the incident.  Sheriff Pryce told him: “I do appreciate the personal circumstance and understand you have had a great deal to deal with and haven’t dealt with it in the best fashion which brings you to court today.  “However, I have to consider public protection in this matter which you in your employment will be more than aware of.” Boozed up police officer found slumped in his car inside the Clyde Tunnel
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