Roads inspector avoids driving ban

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BUTE’S local roads inspector with Argyll and Bute Council avoided being disqualified from driving after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, where he accelerated to speeds of almost 100mph.

Ian Thomson (56), address given as 17 Westland Road, pleaded guilty to the charge of having driven his car on Aug 12 on the A884 (Rhubodach road) at speeds of up to 99mph, crossing over hazard warning lines as he negotiated right and left-hand bends in the face of obvious and potential dangers.

Also in this week’s Buteman, a Rothesay man was fined the sum of £600 after he wasted the time of the emergency services, falsely claiming he’d been the victim of an assault; a man who is currently serving a custodial service for other matters appeared at Rothesay Sheriff Court on Monday morning stating he didn’t even know what he’d been charged with; and a local man was given a community payback order and placed under an offender’s supervision requirement after pleading guilty to committing a breach of the peace and for an act of vandalism in which a pub’s windows were smashed.

Read more in this week’s Buteman, out on sale on Thursday.