Barra fish­er­man banned from road for two years

The Oban Times - - News -

A BARRA fish­er­man ac­cused of driv­ing like a ‘lu­natic’ has been disqual­i­fied for two years.

Oran Joseph Boyd, 18, of 9 Bay­herivagh, Isle of Barra, ad­mit­ted driv­ing a van dan­ger­ously and at ex­ces­sive speed in the wrong di­rec­tion on the one-way Ge­orge Street, Breadal­bane Street and Dunol­lie Road in Oban on June 3, caus­ing on­com­ing ve­hi­cles to take eva­sive ac­tion.

Boyd also ad­mit­ted an ear­lier charge of care­less driv­ing on Fe­bru­ary 25 on the A85 at Ar­rivain near Tyn­drum, where he was recorded driv­ing at 101mph, ex­ceed­ing the 60mph limit.

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son QC asked Boyd’s de­fence agent Alas­tair Gray at Oban Sher­iff Court last Wed­nes­day: ‘What is go­ing on with this young man? He is be­hav­ing like a lu­natic.’

Mr Gray re­sponded: ‘He fails to un­der­stand a driv­ing li­cence is a priv­i­lege not a right. He has spent two nights in cus­tody as a re­sult of his be­hav­iour. He ac­cepts he be­haved in an un­ac­cept­able man­ner. He has learned a valu­able les­son.’

Sher­iff An­der­son told Boyd he was lucky to be in Oban Sher­iff Court rather than the High Court fac­ing a charge of death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

She said: ‘This is ex­actly the kind of dan­ger­ous be­hav­iour that can re­sult in death. This for­tu­nately was not the case here.’

She disqual­i­fied Boyd from driv­ing for two years and fined him £600 for the first charge, and im­posed a fur­ther £ 500 fine for the sec­ond, along­side a three-month dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion to run con­cur­rently. She also or­dered him to re-sit his driv­ing test.

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