Tayside and Central Scotland

Off-duty Tayside Police officer 'sped into couple'

A police officer has gone on trial accused of driving into a Turriff couple as they crossed a busy main road, leaving them badly injured.

PC Scott Kerr allegedly drove at speed from traffic lights in Dundee's Earl Gray Place before colliding with Roderick and Shirley Emslie.

Mr Emslie was knocked unconscious and lost part of his ear in the incident. PC Kerr was off duty at the time.

The 40-year-old Tayside Police officer denies a charge of careless driving.

Mr and Mrs Emslie told a trial at Dundee Sheriff Court they had just checked into a hotel in Dundee's Waterfront area in and were walking to the nearby train station to check the timetable to Perth.

The couple, from Turriff, Aberdeenshire, said they had were half-way across the first crossing over the busy Riverside Drive dual carriageway when they heard the "squealing" of tyres.

Mrs Emslie, 47, told the court how she turned and saw the car driving "erratically" towards them.

Green light

She said: "I couldn't believe it was coming at such a speed. I remember being hit - I broke his wing mirror with my elbow and then he drove over my right foot.

"I felt like I was thrown up in the air - like I was flipped and spun."

Mrs Emslie said the pedestrian "walk light" had been green when they started to cross the road.

"I landed about a metre back from where I was hit," she added.

"My husband was about there or four metres away - he had been right beside me."

The court heard that Mrs Emslie now had pins holding the bone in her foot together as a result of the collision in July 2011.

The trial, before Sheriff George Way, continues.

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