Dan­ger­ous driver banned and fined af­ter near miss with off-duty of­fi­cer

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A DAN­GER­OUS driver has been banned from the roads for a year and fined £1,000 af­ter al­most crash­ing into an off- duty po­lice of­fi­cer on a mo­tor­bike.

Ce­sidio Martin Di Ci­acca, 63, from Strath­clyde, ap­peared in Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court last Fri­day charged with dan­ger­ous driv­ing af­ter over­tak­ing a line of ve­hi­cles in the path of on­com­ing cars, forc­ing the mo­torists to take eva­sive ac­tion to avoid col­li­sion.

An off- duty po­lice of­fi­cer trav­el­ling south on the A82 to Tyn­drum on June 7 2016 had to per­form an emer­gency stop and pull onto the verge when he saw a bur­gundy Range Rover com­ing straight to­wards him on the Achtri­ochtan straight near Glen­coe.

The court heard how Di Ci­acca, who was trav­el­ling north to Skye, over­took a car and a high-sided ve­hi­cle when he en­tered the south bound car­riage­way, be­fore see­ing the po­lice of­fi­cer on his mo­tor­bike and at­tempt­ing to pull back into his lane in front of an HGV.

The of­fi­cer said: ‘I thought I was go­ing to crash straight into the on­com­ing Range Rover.’ He added the Range Rover was so close to him when he passed in the south bound lane he could have ‘reached his arm out and touched the car’.

But the re­tired busi­ness man, who is in­volved with three char­i­ties in the UK and Italy, said when he pulled out to over­take he had felt it was safe to do so on the straight stretch of road and had not seen the mo­tor­cy­clist when he be­gan the ma­noeu­vre. Di Ci­acca said he had made an ‘er­ror in judg­ment’ but pleaded not guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Sher­iff Wil­liam Tay­lor found Di Ci­acca guilty and said: ‘I have no doubt the crown have proven their case that this ma­noeu­vre was a very dan­ger­ous one.’ He added that the mo­tor­cy­clist ‘could have been killed had he not taken ac­tion’.

The court heard how a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion for Di Ci­acca would have a ‘sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on him and his fam­ily’ and would ef­fect his char­ity work across the UK and in Italy.

As well as the ban and fine, Di Ci­acca will also be re­quired to re-sit an ex­tended driv­ing test to re- ob­tain his li­cence.

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