On the 17th June 1939, shortly before the outbreak of WW2, a motor car accident happened on Glasgow Road, Blantyre.
Two cars collided, resulting in injuries of three men. When the police were called, it was found that, Lanarkshire minister, John Black Allan of Rutherglen was under the influence of drink! He was charged at Hamilton Sheriff Court on Thursday 22nd June with driving a motor car when under the influence of drink. Allan pleaded guilty, and was fined £15 or sixty days’ imprisonment. Sheriff Norman Walker also ordered Allan be suspended from holding a driving licence for 12 months.