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Drunken clubgoer drives car at doors

A drunk motorist drove his car into the doorway of a nightclub after he was refused entry, police said.

The man was spotted drinking in several bars in Edinburgh before ramming his vehicle into the wall at the Western Bar, in the West Port area, where the doorman who had refused him entry was standing.

The drink-driving incident on December 12 is one of dozens reported by police during their annual festive crackdown.

Officers across Scotland have detected 194 offenders in the first fortnight of the four-week campaign led by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos).

A further 13 have been caught driving under the influence of drugs.

Deputy Chief Constable Tom Ewing, of the Acpos drink-driving unit, said: "For a second week in our national campaign I have to report that dozens of drivers across Scotland have failed to heed the message about drink/drug driving.

"I have made it quite clear that every effort will be made by police officers and our partners in law enforcement to end this scourge."

Acpos underlined that people caught drug or drink driving face a 12-month driving ban and risk being fined up to £5000.

Offenders also face losing their car and in serious cases can be jailed for up to six months. According to the latest figures, it is estimated that just over one in nine deaths on Scottish roads involve drivers who are over the legal limit.

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