Crash impact takes off Volvo’s front wheels

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A drink-driver behind the wheel of his wife’s £20,000 Mercedes crashed head-on into another car causing its wheels to fall off.

Johan Van Der Wal, 32, from The Old School House, Kilninver,  was more than four times over the legal limit when he drove south on the A816 Oban to Lochgilphead road near Kilmore on November 15 last year

He appeared at Oban Sheriff Court earlier this week where he pleaded guilty to the drink-driving charge and careless driving.

Van Der Wal, who plays with Inveraray Pipe Band,  crashed into a Volvo S40 which was travelling north and being driven by a man in his fifties. He was rounding a blind bend on the opposite carriageway at the time of the collision, the court heard and was later found to have 105 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of his breath. The legal limit is just 22 microgrammes.

Van Der Wal gave his apologies but the court was told his memory of events was ‘vague.’

Procurator fiscal David Glancy said both men were able to walk away from the crash and the two vehicles ended up about 30 metres  apart. The front wheels of the Volvo were taken off in the course of the impact.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes deferred sentence on Van Der Wal until April 22 to allow for the compilation of criminal justice and social work reports as well as a restriction of liberty order assessment.

Van Der Wal was also disqualified from driving.