Driver banned for year af­ter high-speed crash

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A 22-YEAR- OLD man has been banned from driv­ing for a year af­ter he over­turned the car he was driv­ing, throw­ing three of his four pas­sen­gers out of the ve­hi­cle.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Martina East­wood told Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court Joe Wat­son, of In­ver­lochy Court, had been at McDon­ald’s in Fort Wil­liam with friends on Fri­day Au­gust 5, 2016.

As he left to take them home to Caol, he turned left to­wards Lochy­side.

A wit­ness in the Farm­foods car park saw the car ac­cel­er­ate and called the po­lice.

The court heard Wat­son drove at ex­ces­sive speed, only slow­ing down past Sol­dier’s Bridge. He picked up speed again on the down­ward slope be­fore his near­side front wheel hit the kerb, caus­ing him to lose con­trol of the ve­hi­cle.

It ro­tated 180 de­grees be­fore col­lid­ing with the op­po­site kerb, leav­ing the road and crash­ing into a hedge.

This im­pact caused three of his pas­sen­gers to be thrown from the car and Wat­son and the other pas­sen­ger ran to the Co- op in Caol for help. Wat­son wasn’t in­jured but two of his pas­sen­gers re­quired stitches with the other two suf­fer­ing bruis­ing and whiplash.

Solic­i­tor Stephen Kennedy said Wat­son ac­cepted full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the crash and that he was driv­ing too fast. He added this was the first time Wat­son had driven with a full car and that he had apol­o­gised to his pas­sen­gers.

Sher­iff Wil­liam Tay­lor also is­sued a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der of 300 hours of un­paid work to be com­pleted over six months and a 12-month su­per­vi­sion re­quire­ment.

Wat­son will also have to re-sit an ex­tended driv­ing test.

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