Court: Rothesay man’s driving charge not proven

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A Rothesay man accused of driving dangerously on the road between Rhubodach and Port Bannatyne walked free from court this week after the charge against him was found not proven.

Colin Nicol had denied driving dangerously, at excessive speed, straddling the white line, failing to control his vehicle and narrowly avoiding a collision with another car on the A886 near Shalunt farm on July 13.

The court heard evidence on Monday from Nicol and his former girlfriend, who was with him in the car at the time of the alleged incident.

That followed an earlier hearing at which evidence was given by two police officers whose parked car was passed by Nicol, two occupants of a Volkswagen Lupo travelling towards Rhubodach at the time, and a bus driver whose vehicle was overtaken by Nicol shortly before the alleged incident.

Sheriff Ruth Anderson said she was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Nicol was guilty of the charge.

* More from Rothesay Sheriff Court in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, December 20.