A Dutch driver who admitted dangerous driving was fined and banned at Lerwick Sheriff Court today.
Evert Rog, 47, of Pondstraat, Delfgauw, Netherlands, drove on the wrong side of the carriageway on the A971 at Weisdale on 10th June in the face of oncoming traffic, causing an accident.
Procurator fiscal Duncan McKenzie said the incident happened on a bend and neither Rog nor the driver of the oncoming car had time to take evasive action. A “significant” collision took place but fortunately a hospital consultant was passing at the time.
The driver of the oncoming car was trapped in his vehicle and sustained a broken femur and four broken toes. Rog, who was not in court, had a broken finger and lacerations.
Mr McKenzie said Rog had been extremely contrite after the incident and accepted responsibly. He had been working here but his contract had now ended and it was not clear if he would be returning to this country.
Sheriff Graeme Napier fined Rog £1,000, endorsed his licence and disqualified him for one year from holding or obtaining a UK driving licence. He will have to re-sit a driving test if he wants to drive in the UK.