Lorry driver fined for careless driving after accident on A9

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AN Inverness lorry driver who caused a three-vehicle accident is considering becoming an advanced driving instructor, it emerged at Wick Sheriff Court. John McAleaney (34) admitted a charge of careless driving, reduced from one of dangerous driving. Sheriff Andrew Berry was told that McAleaney cut a bend in the A9 at Castlehill, resulting in his vehicle veering onto the opposing carriageway and colliding with two oncoming cars, damaging both of them.

Fiscal David Barclay said that one of the occupants received follow-up medical attention to establish whether an injury received was a sprain or a fracture.

Solicitor Fiona MacDonald said McAleaney, of Upper Kessock Street, Inverness, had been heading back to the city on August 23 and described the accident as “a lapse of judgement”.

She said the accused was contemplating a change of career and was applying to become an advanced driving instructor, but was concerned the court case might “put a question mark” over his plans.

McAleaney was fined GBP375 and incurred four penalty points.

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