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Court / Teenager fined for risky overtaking manoeuvre

A TEENAGER who admitted overtaking another vehicle on a blind corner as he rushed to catch a ferry has been fined £680 and given five penalty points.

Tyler Johnson, of Snaustudr, Mid Yell, admitted driving without due care or attention at excessive speed and carrying out the overtaking manoeuvre on the A968 between Ulsta and Gutcher on 1 May last year.

Johnson, who was driving under supervision with a provisional licence, also admitted driving without insurance on the same date.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the incident took place at around 5.30pm.

The vehicle Johnson overtook had been travelling at 60mph, he said, and its occupants were so surprised by the manner of his driving that they took a photo of his car when they arrived at the nearby ferry terminal.

Defence agent Neil Martin said his client, who works as an apprentice mechanic, could potentially lose his job if he was banned from driving.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank fined him £440 for the careless driving and £240 for driving without insurance.