Drug ad­dict driver in car smash

Was ac­cel­er­at­ing from store

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Court re­porter

A 64-year-old mo­torist lost con­trol of a Mercedes, mounted the pave­ment and crashed into a parked car, caus­ing ex­ten­sive dam­age, af­ter ac­cel­er­at­ing away from a Kin­ross su­per­mar­ket.

And when his de­tails were checked by po­lice, it emerged his li­cence had been re­voked - and he had no in­sur­ance.

It led to Al­lan Gib­son (64), of St Serf’s Place, Crook of De­von, be­ing fined £500 and banned for 12 months at Perth Sher­iff Court.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, he turned to shoplift­ing and stole a £145 tele­vi­sion from a Sains­bury’s store to fund his drug habit.

That of­fence at­tracted a Com­mu­nity Pay­back Or­der.

He ad­mit­ted driv­ing with­out a li­cence or in­sur­ance on Junc­tion Road, Sta­tion Road and Em­slie Drive, Kin­ross, on De­cem­ber 1 last year.

He also pled guilty to driv­ing care­lessly and hit­ting the parked car.

A fur­ther charge of steal­ing a TV from the Kin­ross branch of Sains­bury’s on Novem­ber 30, 2017, was also ad­mit­ted.

De­pute fis­cal Rob­bie Brown said the crash re­sulted in “sig­nif­i­cant dam­age” to the door of the parked ve­hi­cle, as well as dam­age to the friend’s car he was driv­ing.

The stolen TV set wasn’t re­cov­ered.

Solic­i­tor Cliff Cul­ley said his client “ap­pre­ci­ated” he would be dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing.

He added: “Un­for­tu­nately he re­lapsed into drug mis­use and stole the tele­vi­sion to fund that.”

Sher­iff Gil­lian Wade or­dered Gib­son to be su­per­vised for 18 months and take part in a drug treat­ment pro­gramme as part of the Com­mu­nity Pay­back Or­der.

He will also have to pay £145 com­pen­sa­tion to the store, at the rate of £10 a week.

And she warned him: “If you don’t com­ply, you will be brought back to court and the only avail­able op­tion will be cus­tody.”

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