A Haddington schoolboy was caught drink driving despite not holding a driving licence.
Alexey Dubitskiy was on his way to a house party when he stopped in the middle of the road and could not get the car going again.
A motorist pulled in behind the youngster and asked him if he need any help with the vehicle.
The witness then noticed Dubitskiy was under the influence of alcohol.
Depute procurator fiscal Calum Darling told Haddington Sheriff Court that Dubitskiy, 9 Florabank Road, was seen “parked in the middle of the road” at around 10.30pm on November 1 in Wallyford.
Mr Darling added Dubitskiy (17) and the witness had to push the car to the side of the road because he was incapable of parking it correctly.
Solicitor Colm Dempsey said Dubitskiy was a sixth year pupil and currently lives with his father in Haddington.
Mr Dempsey added the teenager had no valid provisional or full driving licence and his actions were “grossly stupid on his part”.
Mr Dempsey put the incident down to “sheer stupidity” and a mixture of an “excess of alcohol and youthful exuberance”.
Dubitskiy pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle after consuming so much he had 54mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath at Drummohr Avenue, Wallyford, on 1 November. The legal limit is just 35mcg.
He also admitted to driving the vehicle with no valid licence or insurance on the same date at the same location.
Sheriff Peter Braid decided to defer sentence on Dubitskiy for six months for him to be of good behaviour, but handed him an interim disqualification to stop him from getting behind the wheel again.
The 17-year-old will return to court for sentencing on May 21 next year.
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