A LATIVAN man who drove dangerously in Tillicoultry, mounting a footpath when almost four times over the limit, will have to complete unpaid work.

Aivis Rumpis, originally from Latvia and currently of High Street in Tillicoultry, appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court with a translator.

The 28-year-old admitted that on May 21 last year at Upper Mill Street and Primrose Place, Tillicoultry, he drove a car dangerously at excessive speeds, mounted a footpath, narrowly avoiding colliding with parked vehicles.

He also drove having consumed excess alcohol. His reading was 85 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 22 microgrammes.

Rumpis was jailed at the same court for 120 days in January, for causing a drunken disturbance towards a neighbour and brandishing a knife at police officers.

This time, unemployed Rumpis managed to avoid being sent back behind bars.

Defence solicitor Kelly Howe said he “didn’t enjoy” his last spell in prison.

When asked by the sheriff about his driving licence, the solicitor said: “He’s never had a licence of any kind.”

Sheriff Neil Bowie told Rumpis: “You put other members of the public at considerable risk.”

He imposed a community payback order with 300 hours of unpaid work. He also banned Rumpis from driving for 30 months and until he passes the extended driving test.