Man ca­reered through vil­lages af­ter drink­ing

Perthshire farm worker is jailed for dan­ger­ous driv­ing

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A farm worker caused other road users to take eva­sive ac­tion when he ca­reered through sev­eral Perth shire vil­lage sand ham­lets.

Gavin Ewart, who had been drink­ing, drove dan­ger­ously and at ex­ces­sive speed, re­peat­edly col­lid­ing with road­side verges and pave­ments as he sped through Meig leon a se­ries of coun­try roads.

He even­tu­ally lost con­trol of the Peu­geot es­tate, left the road and ploughed into a wall, caus­ing ex­ten­sive dam­age.

He also suf­fered a cat­a­logue of in­juries and was hos­pi­talised for more than a fort­night.

The 30-year-old, who has a long-stand­ing al­co­hol prob­lem fol­low­ing the death of his brother in a road crash, was jailed for six months at Perth Sher­iff Court.

He was also banned for three years and will have to re-sit the ex­tended driv­ing test be­fore he is al­lowed back be­hind the wheel.

Sher­iff Lind­say Foul is told him : “It may be, as a re­sult of lan­guish­ing in a prison cell, you will come to your senses and take pos­i­tive steps to ad­dress the is­sues which you have.

“At the mo­ment, un­til you ad­dress these is­sues, you are a dan­ger to other road users.”

The sher­iff noted that he hadn’t been in­volved in just an “iso­lated in­ci­dent” of dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

“There were a num­ber of episodes of dan­ger­ous driv­ing oc­cur­ring over a not in­signif­i­cant dis­tance trav­elled.

“I would haz­ard a guess that, in to­tal, it was prob­a­bly be­tween 12-15 miles.”

Ewart, of West Jor­dan­stone Farm Cot­tages, Alyth, ad­mit­ted driv­ing dan­ger­ously on the B954 Mei­gle-Muir­head road, the A923 Muir head-Dundee road and Muir­head-Coupar An­gus roads, near Fowlis, on Oc­to­ber 29, 2016.

De­pute fis­cal Clare Kennedy said the ac­cused’s car was spot­ted at one point trav­el­ling at 4050mph be­fore pulling into the path of an­other ve­hi­cle.

It later twice clipped the kerb as it trav­elled through Mei­gle at the same speed about 6pm on a Satur­day.

“Fur­ther down the B954 it was seen to mount the pave­ment and nearly col­lide with two ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion,” she added.

Po­lice, who had been alerted, then spot­ted the car be­ing driven “at ex­ces­sive speed” on the A923.

There was“not race” of it, how­ever, af­ter it took a shal­low, right-hand band.

From de­bris on the road it be­came clear he had lost con­trol and the car had col­lided with a large, dry stone wall.

It came to rest par­tially on its side. When of­fi­cers spoke to him they de­tected a “strong smell of al­co­hol.”

He was taken by am­bu­lance to hospi­tal where he was treated for a dis­lo­cated shoul­der, four bro­ken ribs, a bro­ken clav­i­cle and a frac­tured ver­te­brae.

Solic­i­tor David Holmes said the ac­cused hadn’t re­cov­ered from what he de­scribed as the “un­timely pass­ing” of his brother in 2012 and had prob­lems with al­co­hol.

He had sub­se­quently failed to at­tend court on an ear­lier oc­ca­sion be­cause he was in­tox­i­cated.

He needed “guid­ance and help” and would be able to carry out un­paid work as an al­ter­na­tive to prison.

Im­pos­ing the jail term, Sher­iff Foulis noted the ac­cused had two pre­vi­ous driv­ing bans and had only got his li­cence back in Septem­ber 2016.

Al­though there was no charge of drink/driv­ing be­fore him, the sher­iff said it was “clear” Ewart had con­sumed al­co­hol and it was a fac­tor he could take into ac­count.

At the mo­ment, un­til you ad­dress these is­sues, you are a dan­ger to other road users

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