Lollipop man writes off car while five times over the limit

Mathieson on duty in East Ren
Mathieson on duty in East Ren

A southside primary lollipop man has been banned from the road for three years and order to do 100 hours of unpaid work.

Robert Mathieson, (67), from Linwood in Paisley is the school crossing patroller for Netherlee Primary, seeing children across the busy Clarkston Road safely.

But, to make matters worse, Mathieson was the ‘poster boy’ for a 2014 road safety campaign highlighting police and local government’s increased road safety measures.

East Ren Council confirmed that Mathieson was still an employee of the authority but declined to comment further.

Mathieson claimed in court he had been drinking strong cider before driving to collect his wife. He never completed the journey, crashing his car en-route.

When officers arrived they found no sign of Mathieson but tracked him down a short distance away.

He was slumped in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and failed a roadside breath test. He was then detained and gave a reading of 114mcg at the police station. The legal limit is 22mcg.

Pamela Flynn, prosecuting, told the court: “A member of the public spotted the crashed car and saw Mathieson staggering about the street. They asked the lollipop man if he needed any help but he replied that he was fine. The Good Samaritan noticed his speech was slurred and phoned the police.”