Tayside and Central Scotland

Driver 'asleep not overtaking' before head-on A9 crash

A driver who caused a head-on crash claimed he could not have been overtaking at the time - because he was asleep at the wheel.

David Millar admitted causing the crash on the A9 Perth to Inverness road in June 2014, blaming a lack of sleep.

The 19-year-old had previously been caught speeding twice in four days, convicted of careless driving and had 10 penalty points on his license.

He was banned from driving for three years and given 300 hours unpaid work.

The delivery driver, of Edinburgh, admitted driving dangerously by crossing onto the wrong side of the road on 21 June and colliding with a car driven by James Richmond, who was left with a suspected broken back.

Millar was driving home from his girlfriend's home in Aberfeldy and claimed he had dozed off at the wheel.

He said: "I was tired and felt myself drifting off. I believe I fell asleep while driving.

"I recall quite clearly having a lace undone on my shoe and it was causing a bit of a nuisance, but I also recall having a lapse in time where I believe I may have dozed slightly at the steering wheel, which led to the accident."

'Overtaking manoeuvre'

Fiscal depute told Perth Sheriff Court that other drivers reported Millar trying to overtake at the time of the crash.

She said: "Another vehicle in front of the accused was aware of him accelerating behind him, within a few feet of his bumper.

"He dropped back slightly and pulled out towards the centre line, looking for an opportunity to overtake. He was then seen to cross the line in an overtaking manoeuvre.

"Mr Richmond was travelling in the opposite direction and attempted to take evasive action. He mounted the grass verge but was unable to get away from the accused's vehicle.

"He was struck on the driver's side and was trapped in the vehicle and had to be cut free. He was taken to Ninewells Hospital and treated for a possible broken back."

Sheriff Fiona Tait banned Millar from driving for three years and ordered him to re-sit the extended driving test.

She also ordered him to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work and attend a road traffic awareness programme.

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