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‘This could have been a funeral’: Sheriff blasts Dundee drink-driver over smash

By Sheanne Mulholland, 2 July 2014 7.00am.

“This is a court case, but it could have been a funeral.”

Those were the words of a Dundee sheriff on Tuesday after a drink driver crashed into a car with an 11-week-old baby inside.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard Kyle Forbes, 22, crashed into a car containing a couple and their baby son, pushing both cars off the road at the south exit of the Tay Road Bridge.

The court heard Forbes drove at speed off the bridge, over the centre of the roundabout, then into the couple’s car.

Both cars flew off the road and landed on the grass verge at the bottom of a steep embankment.

Fiscal depute Keith Robertson told the court it was 7.35pm on April 4 when the incident took place.

The fiscal said: “The driver approached the roundabout and was waiting for a suitable gap in the traffic to continue her journey.

“While waiting, she suddenly became aware of a black vehicle heading towards her out of control.

“She was in a state of fear and panic, she did not say anything to her husband however made a noise that drew his attention to the situation.

“The couple observed the accused fail to negotiate the junction at the end of the Tay Road Bridge, lose control of his vehicle, leave the carriageway, cross the middle grass area of the roundabout before returning back onto the carriageway and colliding with their vehicle on the offside rear.

“The impact caused both vehicles to leave the carriageway coming to rest on the grass verge.”

The couple got out to check on their “screaming” son and Forbes got out of his vehicle, appearing “disorientated”.

Solicitor Douglas Williams, defending, told the court Forbes had been drinking with friends in Dundee before the incident. He said: “He made an impaired judgment to drive home.”

Forbes, of Acorn Court, Cellardyke, admitted careless driving and driving while more than twice the legal drink drive limit (77 mics).

Sheriff George Way said: “You’re lucky to be here. This might not have been a court case, it could have been a funeral.

“You put at risk your own life, which has an impact on others, and you put at risk the life of an 11-week-old baby.”

Forbes was ordered to pay £1,500 compensation to the family and disqualified from driving for 40 months.

He was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and placed under one year’s supervision.