Singer Paolo Nutini was found not guilty of drink driving at Paisley Sheriff Court this week. The singer had been charged after police visited him at home following a tip-off that he’d been drinking in a Paisley bar in February of this year. When police breathalysed him at his home, he recorded a reading of 48 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 22mcg.
However, Nutini claimed to have had a drink when he returned home after he’d been driving. The expert witness in the case stated that his post driving drinking would have accounted for a higher level reading and advised the court it was possible that he was under the legal limit when he was driving.This is a classic “hip-flask” defence case. Given the expert evidence, there was sufficient doubt that the singer had been over the legal limit when he had been driving and that led to his acquittal.