Care­less driver spot­ted by po­lice

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News Highlands & Islands -

A driver’s be­hav­iour on the no­to­ri­ous Ber­riedale Braes in the High­lands caused con­cern to po­lice trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

Wick Sher­iff Court heard yes­ter­day that Steven Mor­ris was trav­el­ling too close to the car in front of him, on July 22 last year.

The po­lice, who were re­turn­ing to Ding­wall, turned their un­marked car to fol­low the ac­cused.

Fis­cal Fraser Mathe­son said that by that time, Mor­ris had over­taken the ve­hi­cle in front of him and “sped away”.

The pur­su­ing of­fi­cers es­ti­mated his speed of the ac­cused’s Ford Fo­cus ST at 77mph on av­er­age.

Mr Mathe­son told Sher­iff Andrew Berry: “The speed limit on that sec­tion of the A9 is 60 mph but there are a num­berof sharp bends and it is fair to say that while 60mph is the per­mit­ted max­i­mum speed, it is not nec­es­sar­ily an ap­pro­pri­ate one.”

Mor­ris, of May­field Road in Thurso, ad­mit­ted care­less driv­ing by driv­ing too close to the car in front and speed­ing. Sher­iff Berry or­dered his per­sonal ap­pear­ance on March 1.

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