A FORMER soldier caught driving while more than three times over the limit has avoided jail on Wednesday.

Sam Jennison was snared in Glasgow city centre’s St Vincent Street behind the wheel of a black Renault Clio on January 12 this year.

The 31-year-old was later breathalysed and found to have 71 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

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The legal limit is 22 micrograms.

Jennison pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the single drink driving charge.

His lawyer, Claire McCarron, tendered to the court a letter from his commanding officer from the army.

Miss McCarron added: “He accepts responsibly for this matter.

“This was an incident where he was drinking the night before and made a decision to drive to is work early in the morning.

“He is someone who likes to drink socially and he was out working in Glasgow during COP 26.

“He has a history of employment and was in the army for a number of years.

“Mr Jennison was working as a security officer at the time and lost his job as a result.”

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It was revealed that Jennison had a similar conviction from 13 years ago.

Sheriff Patricia Pryce ordered Jennison, of Derby, to do 120 hours of unpaid work and disqualified him from driving for 18 months.