An 82-year-old former Aberdeen city police officer seriously injured his wife when his car was involved in a head-on collision.
William Brown’s 81-year old spouse, Margaret fractured her sternum in the crash on the A96 near Delnies Wood on April 23 last year.
Yesterday at Inverness Sheriff Court, Brown of Shullishader Beag, Portree, admitted causing her serious injury by driving dangerously by veering on to the opposite carriageway into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Fiscal depute Fiona Murray said that the road was dry in the Saturday lunchtime incident.
“The oncoming car swerved but was unable to avoid a collision. It hit the verge and rolled while Brown’s car spun backwards.
“Mrs Brown was seriously injured and spent three days in hospital.”
Defence lawyer Clare Russell said Mrs Brown has made a full recovery.
She added: “My client is a retired police sergeant, having served with Aberdeen city police. He was returning to their home in Portree after having visited his daughter and grandchildren in the Aberdeen area.
“Unfortunately, neither he nor his wife have any recollection of the accident. He has a clean driving licence having driven since he was in his early 20s.”
Brown was fined £500, banned from driving for a year and ordered to resit the extended driving test.