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Dash-cam evidence shown in court

Campbeltown Sheriff Court saw the moment a driver on the A83 avoided a head-on collision when dash-cam video was shown as part of a case.

Gary Alexander Melville, aged 56, of 12 Morar Drive, Paisley, admitted careless driving on July 3 2019 on the main road near to Auchinafaud by attempting to overtake a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) on a bend in the road when the view of oncoming traffic was restricted.

Melville crossed into the opposing lane and into the path of an oncoming vehicle, causing its driver to take evasive action.

Procurator fiscal depute James Dunbar played the footage which showed the manoeuvre; when Melville began to overtake, the driver of the HGV did an emergency stop as did the driver of the oncoming car, while pulling her car as far over and off the road as the verge allowed. The video was from her car.

Melville was not present in court but his defence agent Stephen MacSporran said that Melville worked as a delivery driver, had never been in trouble before and had no endorsements on his licence.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes fined him £450 with a £20 victim surcharge and ordered six penalty points be added to Melville’s driving licence.

Driver loses licence with morning-after breath test

A holiday-maker who thought he would be safe to drive after drinking the night before found out to his cost that he was wrong.

As he banned Ronald Miller from driving, Sheriff Patrick Hughes said: ‘The wider public should be aware of how long alcohol remains in the bloodstream.’

Miller, aged 53, of 38 Middlemuir Road, Glasgow, pleaded guilty to drink-driving on June 14 this year.

His breath test reading was 61 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath; the limit in Scotland is 22.

Procurator fiscal depute James Dunbar said that police on patrol saw Miller’s Mini Cooper pull out of the Machrihanish Holiday Park junction onto the road and stopped him.

His defence agent, Edel McGinty, told Campbeltown Sheriff Court last week that Miller had been drinking the night before and believed at 2pm the following day he was safe to drive.

Sheriff Hughes banned Miller from driving for 12 months and fined him £350 with a victim surcharge of £20.

Miller was also given the opportunity to attend a driver rehabilitation course at his own expense which would reduce his driving ban to nine months if completed successfully.

Good behaviour for four months

A Campbeltown woman must continue to work with her doctor and social workers for another four months, Sheriff Patrick Hughes ordered at the town’s court.

Diane McPherson, aged 41, of 20 Shore Street, Campbeltown, had previously admitted possessing 97 tablets of the class C drug etizolam, known as ‘street valium’ and her sentence deferred for reports to be prepared until last week.

‘I agree with the recommendations in the report; sentence is deferred for you to be of good behaviour and continue to work with the social work team and your GP to address the various issues which have been brought up in court,’ said Sheriff Hughes.

The case will call again at the court’s November sitting.