Driver who crashed into garden escapes ban

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A man who crashed into a garden after driving carelessly and at excessive speed has avoided losing his licence.

Stewart Mathieson, 29, of Torchoillean Farm, Drumlemble, lost control of his car on a corner of the B842, at Arden Lea, at 10.30pm on September 15 last year, while it was raining heavily.

His car left the road, collided with 20m of fencing and went through a hedge, coming to rest in a residential garden, causing extensive damage.

Mathieson knocked on the home owner’s door, who invited him inside due to the weather.

After contacting his family, he went back to the corner with a brush to clear the debris which was gone when police arrived.

Representing himself in court, Mathieson said he did not realise how much harm he could do to himself and others and that he has a part-time job which requires him to have a licence.

Imposing seven penalty points and a £400 fine, Sheriff Patrick Hughes said Mathieson’s efforts to clear up the scene and plans to repair the fencing are reasons he was not disqualified.