• Inspector David Milne with the restaurateur's Land Rover Freelander that was confiscated by the courts and will now be put up for auction
A DRINK-driver has become the first in Scotland to have his car confiscated by the courts as part of a major crackdown on repeat offenders.
Restaurateur John Tse, 55, had his Land Rover Freelander seized as the festive drink-driving campaign got tougher. His car, said to be worth more than £5,000, will be offered at auction. Money from the sale will go into the Scottish Consolidated Fund – a general public purse operated by the Scottish Government. Lothian and Borders Police Inspector David Milne said more than 20 cars had been seized across Scotland since the new policy was introduced, but this was the first to be removed permanently from its owner.
As the businessman and entrepreneur had a conviction for drink-driving within the past five years, his car was seized and became the first in Scotland to be forfeited by the courts. The father of one, who pleaded guilty, has seven days to appeal against the sentence. He was also disqualified from driving for four years and fined £200.
Drink driving is obviously considered to be a serious offence, although 35 years ago when I was a youth it was commonplace. I even did it on occasion myself. But maturity set in. I do feel sorry though for the person who drives the next day after being at a party the night before and gets caught. I SUPPOSE THOUGH, it is a sign of the times we live in, that 'BIG BROTHER POLICE STATE' now confiscates your VEHICLE FOR BEING CAUGHT TWICE!