A driver who overturned his car in front of an oncoming vehicle and then left the scene of the accident has been fined £350 and had five points placed on his licence.
Raymond Tulloch, 51, of New Hall in Bressay, had previously admitted a careless driving charge on the Lang Kames on 16th July. His car left the road “in fairly dramatic style” after he failed to negotiate a bend.
Procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie said the driver of the oncoming vehicle did not expect Tulloch to get out of the wreckage of his car alive. But Tulloch emerged from the up-turned vehicle and declared he “needed to get out of here”.
Another car then arrived on the scene. Tulloch knew the driver and was driven away.
Police started searching for Tulloch after learning he had sustained an injury to his head. They only found him the following morning, however.
“The Crown’s position is that this is a drink-related incident,” said Mr MacKenzie.
However defence agent Tommy Allan insisted drink was not involved in the incident. Tulloch, he said, was dazed and confused after the accident. He had had an argument with his girlfriend and decided to go to a friend’s house.
He added Tulloch had obtained employment which was dependent on him having a licence.