A teenage driver, who wrote off a family car within weeks of ripping up his L-plates, is facing a test re-sit.
Callum Fair, 18, of Grampian Gardens, Arbroath, was fined 300 and given six penalty points when he appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court following a crash near the town in May.
Depute fiscal Jill Drummond told the court that Fair was driving his mother’s Peugeot 107 on St Vigean’s Brae around 8am when he failed to slow down for a bend at a junction.
A Mitsubishi lorry going in the opposite direction was midway through a turning manoeuvre and Fair hit its nearside with the front of his car, which spun 180 degrees and came to rest on its side. Fortunately, both the accused and the driver of the Mitsubishi escaped serious injury.
Fair’s solicitor said the accident had been a “salutary lesson” to the sports and fitness student. He said the teenager had held his licence for fewer than two months when the crash happened, and had not been behind the wheel since.
Sheriff Pino Di Emidio said: “You appear as a first offender with a clean licence.
“Perhaps a number of lucky chances have prevented there being much worse consequences to this particular incident.”