Cops find Barrhead man sleeping in his car after night at local bowling club

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A young Barrhead man was found by police sleeping in his car alongside open cans of booze after a night at his local bowling club.

Rhys Watson was three times the legal drink-drive limit when cops found him “slumped” in his car in the wee hours of May 18.

The 23-year-old was sleeping in his car and failed to wake up when cops chapped the window. It wasn’t until officers opened the car door that boozed-up Watson woke up.

When cops spoke to sozzled Watson, he was unsteady on his feet, reeking of booze and had slurred speech.

There were also a number of open cans of alcohol in Watson’s car.

Procurator fiscal depute Ashleigh Pollock told Paisley Sheriff Court: “Around 5.40am, police were tasked to attend Victoria Road in Barrhead.

“On arrival, they observed the accused’s black vehicle stationary with the ignition running.

“The accused was slumped in the driver seat and police tried to rouse the accused by knocking on the window but this was unsuccessful.

“Officers then opened the driver’s door and the accused was roused.

“He was asked to turn the ignition off and step outside which he did.

“Officers noted the accused was unsteady on his feet, there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from him and that his speech was slurred.

“They also noted there was a number of open cans of alcohol in the vehicle.

“Watson provided a breath sample which returned a fail.

“He was arrested and taken to Helen Street police office where the intoximeter process was carried out.

“He provided a reading of 66mg, the legal limit is 22mg, he was cautioned and charged making no reply and released on an undertaking to appear at this court.”

Watson pleaded guilty to driving while three times the legal limit.

Defence agent Linzi Galbraith told the court Watson, who works as a cell engineer fitting electronic car charges, will lose his employment as a result of this conviction.

Ms Galbraith explained Watson’s mental health has suffered in recent years and explained: “He will lose his employment due to the nature of the charge and that his licence is required.

“He feels like his whole life is about to come tumbling down on him. On the day in question, he had been at a bowling club prior and had consumed alcohol.

“He suffers from depression and anxiety and has been sleeping in his car on a number of occasions as he’s been struggling with his mental health and that’s what’s happened here.

“Sadly, his best friend was killed in an accident a number of years ago and he has struggled with this. He drinks alcohol to try deal with that. He is embarrassed to find himself here today.”

Sheriff Lindsay Kooner stated: “Given the difficulties you’ve been experiencing and the amount of alcohol you’ve been drinking, I’m going to call for background reports to see if there is some assistance that can be offered to you.”

Sentence was deferred for the preparation of a criminal justice social work report until July 12. Watson of, Victoria Avenue in Barrhead, was ordained to appear.

Sheriff Kooner decided not to disqualify Watson ad-interim from driving – stating this was discretionary at this point.

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