A TAXI driver admitted drink driving with a passenger in his cab at the time.

Fifty-six-year-old Thomas Montgomery was stopped by police after going through a red light in Paisley on Sunday.

When breathalysed he was found to be almost two and a half times the drink driving limit.

Montgomery was arrested and detained in police custody in connection with alleged road traffic offences.

He admitted the offences at Paisley Sheriff Court today and was disqualified from driving for 18 months as well as being fined £400.

Sergeant Mark Miller from the Divisional Road Policing Unit based at Greenock said: “The message could not be clearer – never drink and drive, and if you are caught doing so there are serious consequences.

“Thomas Montgomery put the safety of himself, his passenger and other road users at risk and getting behind the wheel whilst under the influence of alcohol completely unacceptable.

“Our festive road safety campaign is well underway with officers specifically targeting drink and drug driving.”