The driver of an 18-tonne lorry has admitted causing a crash which left a police motorcyclist in hospital.
Tomasz Czarnecki was behind the wheel of the plumbing services flatbed on October 24 when it hit the officer, sending him skidding across the road surface at the Haudagain roundabout.
Despite the biker’s best attempts to swerve out of the way, he was left with a broken leg and injured shoulder and had to be taken away from the scene in an ambulance.
Czarnecki was charged with careless driving and his case was heard at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday.
By letter, the 48-year-old admitted that he had been responsible for the collision.
He previously told police that he simply had not seen the biker.
Depute fiscal Lynzi Souter said: “He was wearing a yellow hi-is jacket, white helmet and his motorcycle was fluorescent yellow and blue.”
She explained that Czarnecki had entered the roundabout “directly in the path of the officer,” knocking him off the bike.
Immediately afterwards he got out of the vehicle and called the emergency services.
Mrs Souter said: “The accused identified himself to officers as the driver of the lorry.
“He was cautioned and disclosed that he hadn’t seen the officer prior to the collision.”
Sheriff Cruickshank ordered Czarnecki, of Sumburgh Crescent in Aberdeen, to pay a £500 fine.
He was also given five penalty points on his licence.