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A90 crash driver ‘fell asleep at the wheel’

By Beth Cherryman, 18 October 2013 11.00am.

A man crashed off a Dundee dual carriageway knocking himself unconscious and blocking the road with debris after he “fell asleep at the wheel”.

Allan Jarvie, 23, Auchinyell Terrace, Aberdeen, was banned from driving for 12 months and fined £300 at Dundee Sheriff Court for driving without due care.

The court heard Jarvie reached speeds of around 80mph approaching the city on the A90 in the early hours of June 29.

He claimed he was tired but Sheriff Richard Davidson said it appeared more likely Jarvie had “fallen asleep at the wheel”.

Jarvie was spotted by an off-duty police officer at 4.45am who followed him in a car for about 10 minutes before the crash.

During that time Jarvie was seen swerving across the road and at one point the Volkswagen Golf mounted the kerb.

Fiscal Rebecca Kinnison said: “The car mounted the grass verge in the central reservation, spraying grass and sand. It slowed and returned to the carriageway.

“The front nearside wheel mounted the kerb and hit the metal crash barrier. The car disappeared down the embankment down the side of the road.

“Debris was thrown onto the carriageway. The off-duty officer stopped and found Jarvie unconscious and strapped into the driver seat.”

Ross Donnelly, defending, said Jarvie had a fight with his partner in Aberdeen and was driving to Glasgow that morning.

He said by the time Jarvie came into Dundee he was very tired.

Sheriff Richard Davidson: “You fell asleep at the wheel. This was a significantly bad piece of driving.”

Jarvie admitted that, on June 29, at the A90 Forfar to Dundee Road, near North Powrie Farm and Jack Martin Way, he drove without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for others using the road or public place, and did veer across the carriageway and mount a grass verge on the central reservation and strike a kerb and metal crash barrier on the near side of the road causing the car to leave the road and come to rest on the driver’s side.