Unfamiliar road led to car crash
A 57-year-old motorist who had recently moved to Annan from central Scotland claimed in court that unfamiliarity with the local roads led to him colliding with a tractor.
For the sheriff at Dumfries was told that Duncan Barras had been seen by cops approaching a cross roads with signs warning to slow and seemed to ignore them before colliding with a tractor at the junction.
Barras, of Rosebank Terrace, Annan, admitted failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to observe a stop sign and road markings on the approach to the junction and driving at excessive speed for the road layout.
Solicitor Joe McPherson said that it was simply an“error”by the former aircraft engineer, who now was a carer for his mother.
He was fined £200 and had four points endorsed on his licence.
■ A 23-year-old man sent threatening messages to his ex-partner and referred to her in derogatory terms because he felt she was winding him up, it was claimed in court.
Solicitor Dominic Kearney said that Tyler Ferguson, had sent the messages in the heat of the moment and was now “not proud of what he had done.”
In the court at Dumfries, Ferguson, of Esk Place, Gretna, admitted sending the messages in August threatening to harm her and damage her vehicle.
The incident happened after their relationship of about a year and a half had broken up. Ferguson was fined £140.
■ A 26-year-old woman has been accused of driving dangerously on the M74 near Eaglesfield.
StephanieWatson, from Coatbridge, is alleged to have driven at excessive speeds in the face of obvious and potential dangers in June. The case was continued without plea to October 3.
■ A man who was in possession of heroin has had his sentence at Dumfries Sheriff Court deferred for background reports.
Grant Dickson, 46, of Kirkpatrick Court, Dumfries, admitted committing the offence last October.
The case was continued to October 11.
■ A 33-year-old driver who admitted driving with almost three times the permitted drink level in his bloodstream has been ordered to appear personally before the sheriff at Dumfries.
Brian Jennings, 33, from Westport in Ireland, pleaded guilty to committing the offence in March on the A75 road near Haugh of Urr.
Sentence was deferred to next month.
A 53-year-old motorist accused of driving at excessive speed for the road and road conditions on the M74 near Eaglesfield, is to face trial at Dumfries Sheriff Court.
John Clayton-Wright, from Solihull, pleaded not guilty to driving dangerously on the northbound carriageway in July. Trial has been set for January.
At the same court a 26-year-old man from Hamilton pleaded not guilty to a similar charge on the M74 near Lockerbie. CallumWilson pleaded not guilty to committing the offence also in July and trial in his case was also set for January.
■ A fine of £400 has been imposed on a woman who drove at speeds of up to 107mph on the M74 .
Kathryn Parkin, 28, from Sutton Coldfield, also had four points endorsed on her licence at Dumfries Sheriff Court.
She admitted committing the offence in the northbound lane near Lockerbie in July.