Un­fa­mil­iar road led to car crash

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

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.

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