Van driver gave false crash details to police

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A man who wasted police time after giving false information about a car crash has been fined.

Gerry Docherty, 59, of 1 Flemings Land, Castlehill, Campbeltown, pleaded guilty at a previous sitting to falsely representing to two police officers at Campbeltown Police Office, on July 27 last year, that a vehicle collided with his work van, causing damage to the wing mirror, and that the driver failed to stop and provide details.

The charge added that police officers, maintained at the public expense for the public benefit, devoted time and service in the investigation of Docherty’s claim, which temporarily deprived the public of their services.

Docherty appeared in Campbeltown Sheriff Court last Thursday for sentencing.

Imposing a £700 fine, Sheriff Patrick Hughes said that given the circumstances of the incident and Docherty’s minimal record of previous convictions, a financial penalty would be appropriate.

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