A ROSYTH man who refused to take part in a breath test when suspected of drink-driving has avoided a ban.

This was despite the solicitor of Fraser McIvor conceding his client was “clearly intoxicated”.

A knife was also found in his vehicle by police.

McIvor, 31, of Albert Street, Rosyth, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on November 14 last year, at St Catherine’s Wynd, Dunfermline, he was unlawfully in possession of a knife.

He also admitted that at Dunfermline police station, he failed to provide breath specimens.

The court was that police received a report about an intoxicated male being in a vehicle and tracked down McIvor.

Defence solicitor Chris Sneddon said: “He has a history of mental health problems but that was some time ago. He hasn’t consumed alcohol since this incident.

“He was clearly intoxicated. That’s why he didn’t have a breath sample. He accepts he’s been extremely stupid.”

Sheriff Susan Duff imposed a community payback order with 225 hours of unpaid work. She also endorsed his licence with 11 penalty points.