Simon Reader walked free from Perth Sheriff court with little more than a slap on the wrist. He should be sitting in a jail cell - and when you read the list below you'll see why and agree:
- Driving at 100mph
- More than seven times over the legal alcohol limit
- Swigged a bottle of gin while driving
- Crashed in to the central reservation, crossed both lanes, landing on the hard shoulder facing the other direction
- Refused to give a breath test
The fact that no-one was killed was nothing short of a miracle. During a 30-mile stretch of the M90, a number of other motorists were forced to swerve to avoid him.
With a rap sheet like that Mr Reader should be in jail, but instead he walked free as a bird from court with a three year ban.
So how did he manage to avoid jail time?
He said it was all because of the stress of his job.
But before any drunk driving maniacs out there go waltzing in to court and try to get off lightly from a serious charge by claiming your job is a wee bit on the stressful side, there's just one thing I forgot to mention above.
You see, what Simon Reader actually said was it was all because of the stress of his job with Police Scotland.
Yip, that's right folks.
Simon Reader is actually Detective Simon Reader.
So did he get away relatively scot-free because of our soft-touch justice system or was it because he was a policeman and therefore part of our justice system?
I'll let you decide.