Tayside and Central Scotland

Man, 82, 'didn't realise he was driving on pavement'

An elderly motorist who sent Perth pedestrians scattering "didn't realise" he was driving on the pavement.

George Cunningham, 82, hit a parked car before careering along the pavement on South Street, hitting a bin and crashing into a building.

The incident occurred at 13:30 on 7 June, when the city centre street was busy with shoppers.

The pensioner, from Blairgowrie, was banned from driving for 12 months and fined £420.

Cunningham, who walks with the aid of a stick, admitted driving dangerously in his 16-year-old Toyota Picnic car and "forcing pedestrians to take evasive action".

'Didn't realise'

Perth Sheriff Court heard that he drove along the pavement at between five and ten miles per hour, pushing a bin in front of him for several metres.

After he crashed into a building, members of the public spoke to Cunningham, who then drove off along the pavement again before rejoining the road.

He drove on with a smashed bumper and a fog light hanging off the car before he was stopped by police.

Solicitor Jamie Baxter, defending, said his client had been driving for 60 years without ever coming to the attention of police.

He said: "He doesn't have a great explanation for the incident itself.

"He didn't realise he had mounted the pavement, and that is concerning."

As well as being banned and fined, Cunningham will have to re-sit an extended driving test before he is allowed back on the road.

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