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Road ban for driver who crashed into Hillhead barrier

Roadside railings along Lerwick's Hillhead were damaged in the incident. Photo Shetland News

A MAN from Scalloway whose careless driving resulted in his car colliding with metal railing on Lerwick’s Hillhead has been banned from the road for 16 months.

Shaun Irvine, of Undirhoull, was also placed under supervision for one year and given 300 hours of unpaid work to complete when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

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The 27 year old previously admitted the driving charge, which took place on 6 May, as well as being abusive to and assaulting officers at Lerwick Police Station on the same day.

The court previously heard police noticed damage to the railing, along with debris from the vehicle including a burnt number plate, at around 1.30am in the morning.

They then noticed the vehicle heading towards them. Irvine failed a preliminary roadside breath test and was arrested before being taken the short distance to the police station.

However, procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Irvine’s behaviour at the station was “so violent that it proved impossible” for further tests to be carried out relating to possible drink driving.

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Irvine admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting abusive and derogatory remarks.

He also pleaded guilty to assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty, attempting to headbutt him, acting in an aggressive manner, tensing up his body and struggling violently with the officer.

Defence agent Tommy Allan told court on Wednesday that his client believes drinks he had may have been spiked, but there was no way of proving this.

In addition to the disqualification, supervision and unpaid work, Sheriff Philip Mann also gave Irvine a two-month curfew prohibiting him from leaving his home between 7pm and 7am from 1 August.

The sheriff warned Irvine that he has to “knuckle down”.

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