Moment of madness driver banned

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A driver who ‘saw red’ and had ‘a moment of madness’ behind the wheel has been banned from the road for 12 months.

Gary McEwan, of 72 Drip Road, Riploch, Stirling, who was previously found guilty of dangerous driving appeared at Oban Sheriff Court last week for sentencing.

The 36-year-old was charged with driving his car dangerously on September 25, 2018, on the A85 near Arrivain Cottage in Argyll and tailgating another car, repeatedly sounding his horn at the occupants of that car and then moving into the opposite side of the carriageway, travelling alongside it and swerving to his left causing him to collide with it and cause damage.

The court heard no one was injured in the terrible incident but that there could have been tragic consequences.

‘You saw red and had a moment of madness that we expect not to be repeated,’ said Sheriff Patrick Hughes who warned for ‘something like this to have been done deliberately could justify a custodial sentence’.

As an alternative to custody, he banned McEwan from driving for 12 months and ordered him to pass an extended driver’s competence test before getting his licence back.

McEwan was also ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid community work within 20 months and was put on 12 months social work department supervision.

‘If that doesn’t work out you will be brought back to court and you can expect a custodial sentence,’ said the sheriff.