GP, 37, caught almost three times the drink-drive limit in a Tesco car park is suspended for six months – after previously being caught doing 96mph and falling asleep at the wheel
A doctor with a history of four motoring offences – including drink-driving – has escaped being struck off – after a medical tribunal decided there was not ‘significant’ risk of him repeating his behaviour.
It was the latest in a long history of motoring offences that saw him in 2014 being caught speeding at 96mph on a dual carriageway.
In October 2013, police saw him driving while using a large touchscreen mobile phone. He was fined £150 and banned from driving for six months at Ayr Sheriff Court.
Dr Will was fined £300 and given six penalty points in February 2011 after he fell asleep while driving at around 60mph on the M77 near Glasgow. His car hit another vehicle, causing damage to both.
During the most recent offence officers in an unmarked police car watched him speed towards an underground parking area.
Dr Murray Will, 37, was most recently caught almost three times the drink-drive limit
Previous cases saw him speed at 96mph and used his phone at the wheel of his car
They pulled up beside him and saw him repeatedly reverse slowly into a concrete bollard.
When asked to leave his vehicle, police saw his eyes were glazed and his speech slow and slurred.
He was breathalysed and gave a reading of 58 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 22.
Will appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court last year and admitted drink-driving in November 2020.
He was banned from driving for 15 months and fined £335.
Following the court case, Will, of Glasgow, told a doctor he knew he was over the limit but thought he would ‘chance it’ and got behind the wheel.
The doctor, who currently works as a GP at a surgery in Larkhall, Lanarkshire, was hauled before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS).
Decision not to strike him off was made at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service
Dr’s driving offences
November 2020 – Admits drink-driving after being caught almost three times over the limit in a Tesco car park in Glasgow.
May 2014 – Clocked on the A77 near Kilmarnock driving at 96mph. The following March he appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court and was fined £800 and received a 75-day driving ban.
October 2013 – Police saw him driving while using a large touchscreen mobile phone. He was fined £150 and banned from driving for six months at Ayr Sheriff Court.
February 2011 – Fell asleep while driving at around 60mph on the M77 near Glasgow. His car hit another vehicle, causing damage to both.
He was blasted for ‘reckless disregard for the safety of others’,
But the panel decided to suspend him for six months despite deeming his behaviour to be ‘reprehensible’.
He dodged being struck off after the MPTS decided he was not ‘incompatible’ with remaining on the register and noted colleagues wrote testimonials supporting him.
MPTS tribunal chair Ijeoma Omambala said: ‘The tribunal was satisfied that a suspension would have a deterrent effect and would send out the desired signal to the doctor, other medical practitioners and the public about what behaviour is regarded as unbefitting for a registered doctor.
‘It noted that while Dr Will had received previous convictions in relation to his driving, none of those convictions involved alcohol.
‘There is no evidence of repetition of similar behaviour since Dr Will’s conviction and, in these circumstances, considers that while there is a potential risk of Dr Will repeating his behaviour, that risk is not significant.
‘It considered Dr Will’s developing insight, supportive family and professional colleagues and the steps he has taken towards remediating his impairment by reason of his conviction, to be protective factors in that regard.’