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11-Jun-14, 18:51
Car crash surviver has to pass new driving test
A DRIVER crashed though two fences and collided with a drystone dyke, flipping the vehicle onto its roof but he survived a court heard yesterday.
Unemployed Peter McPhee was trapped for a time before the emergency services arrived on the scene at Bridge of Wester in Caithness. He required some treatment in hospital, but recovered.
The 50-year-old, of 21 Robertson Crescent, Keiss village, admitted a charge of careless driving at Wick Sheriff Court today when he was fined and banned and ordered to resit his driving test.
Wearing a medical collar, he heard David Barclay, prosecuting, describe his lucky escape after he lost control of his car on the A99, on the night of November 8, last year.
Solicitor Neil Wilson said that McPhee had braked to avoid an animal which had suddenly crossed the road but said the accused accepted he could have been driving slower, given the road conditions.
“He caused considerable damage to himself and the vehicle”, added Mr Wilson who added that the accused had no intention of driving in the immediate future.
Fining him 150 and imposing a three-month disqualification, Sheriff Andrew Berry said: “I think it is important in the public interest that you don’t drive again until you resit and pass your driving test.”

Dounreay policeman who didn't co-operate with civilian police should have known better

THE SHERIFF told a police sergeant at the Dounreay Atomic site that he should have known better than failing to confirm to Police Scotland officers that he was a driver they wished to interview and co-operate with a request to take a breath test.
The court heard that Grant Swart, 39, could lose his job over the two offences which he admitted.
He was intoxicated and claimed to the police he had been at home all evening on August 5 last year, despite the fact that it appeared his car had clearly been used a short time before.
The court was told that Swart, of 5 Abbey Park, Halkirk village, regretted the manner in which he had responded to the police and was embarrassed.
The accused was fined 450 and had his licence endorsed with four penalty points, by Sheriff Berry, who described his behaviour as “foolish” and added: “You, of all people, should have known you had to co-operate with the police.”

Aids syringe attack on women alleged

A MAN is alleged to have threatened to stab three women with a syringe he warned contained a liquid that would cause them to develop aids.
Peter Mackay 31, pleaded not guilty to the indictment when he appeared from custody. The offence is said to have occurred in Henderson Street, Thurso on March 17.
He also denies shouting and swearing at the occupants of a house there and being in possession of a knife in public.
Mackay, described as a prisoner at Perth Prison, was further remanded in custody pending his trial on June 24.