For­mer in­struc­tor fell asleep at the wheel

The Oban Times - - News -

A FOR­MER driv­ing in­struc­tor who fell asleep at the wheel af­ter an ap­point­ment to fit a new leg has been fined £ 300.

Gor­don Cowan Cruik­shank, 68, of 35 Lochnell Road, Dun­beg, ad­mit­ted driv­ing care­lessly on Au­gust 10, when he fell asleep while driv­ing his ve­hi­cle on the A85 near Taynuilt, caus­ing it to en­ter a ditch.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Alas­dair Shaw told Oban Sher­iff Court on Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 1 that ‘the ac­cused was driv­ing at 30 to 35mph [and] was not in­jured’.

De­fence agent Ed­ward Thorn­ton said Cruik­shank had ‘an ex­cel­lent driv­ing his­tory’ since 1968, and had worked as a driv­ing in­struc­tor. ‘He lost his leg in an ac­ci­dent where he was the in­no­cent vic­tim,’ he added.

Mr Thorn­ton ex­plained Cruik­shank was due to get a new leg and was driv­ing back from an ap­point­ment at a hospi­tal in Glas­gow when he be­gan to feel tired at Bridge of Awe, and in­tended to pull in.

‘The next rec­ol­lec­tion he had was he was in the ditch,’ said Mr Thorn­ton.

Sen­tenc­ing, Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son said: ‘It is an un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent against an ex­em­plary driv­ing li­cence.’

She fined Cruik­shank £ 300 and im­posed six penalty points.

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