Driver fined and banned

The Oban Times - - News -

AN OBAN man has been fined £450 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing af­ter caus­ing a car crash on the A85 near Pen­ny­fuir Farm, Dun­beg.

Calum MacLel­lan, of 62 Pul­pit Road, Oban, pleaded guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing at Oban Sher­iff Court last Tues­day.

The court heard the 24-yearold labourer was driv­ing a Ford Fo­cus half-a-mile west of the Half­way House fill­ing sta­tion around 7pm on April 5 2016, when he at­tempted to over­take ap­proach­ing a bend and col­lided with an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle.

‘The other ve­hi­cle spun and landed on its roof,’ procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty said be­fore de­scrib­ing how the driver then con­fronted Mr MacLel­lan, say­ing: ‘ You’re the driver? You’re an id­iot.’

A 42-year- old Oban man was air­lifted to hos­pi­tal in Glas­gow with non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries and the road was closed to traf­fic for two-and-a-half hours.

Mr Maclel­lan later told po­lice: ‘It’s my fault. I didn’t see him.’

Sher­iff John Her­ald fined MacLel­lan £450, re­duced from £700 be­cause of his guilty plea, and added six penalty points to his driv­ing li­cence, tak­ing him over the limit for dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion. ‘This was an er­ror of judg­ment’, Sher­iff Her­ald said: ‘You will be off the road for quite some time.’

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