Lanark Careless Driving Case Not Called
Our client was accused of careless driving contrary to section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. The case against him was thin and was never going to result in a conviction.
Basically, he had been driving competently, had overtaken in plenty of time before approaching a bend. The police were someway behind his vehicle and were responding to an emergency. What appears to have happened is that the police panicked and didn't try to pass our client until someway up the road. He had pulled over to allow them to pass at the only place where it was safe to do so.
The matter was ultimately referred to Lanark Justice of the Peace Court and called for trial on 28th February, 9th May and finally on 18th July 2018. On the first occasion - due to severe snow - the Court was closed. In May there was a lack of Court time to deal with the case and it was adjourned until July. The police witnesses did not attend Court on the 18th of July, leaving the Crown in a predicament.
On 18th July 2018 our Mr Simpson made certain representations to the Crown and the matter was treated as not called - effectively, the Crown conceded the case without contesting it at trial.
Our client was in effect found not guilty.
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