An Inverurie butcher was caught watching a video on his mobile phone while driving near a busy roundabout, a court has been told.
Mantas Venckus, 22, admitted being distracted whilst in charge of a motor vehicle and pleaded guilty to one charge of dangerous driving on December 2 last year.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that he was seen driving on the A96 as he streamed the video on his phone, which was rested on the speedometer.
Fiscal depute Andrew McMann told the court that the Lithuanian national was spotted by police at the Craibstone Roundabout on the Inverurie to Aberdeen road.
“Two officers were within their police vehicle when they noticed that the accused was driving his car with a mobile telephone on the dashboard,” he said.
“It was displaying a live video feed.
“They continued to observe and noted that the mobile phone was covering the speedometer of the vehicle.
“The accused’s vehicle was subsequently stopped and was issued a fixed penalty notice, however, he failed to comply.
“He made no reply to caution and charge.”
‘A serious traffic offence’
Venckus, who was representing himself, made no reply when asked by Sheriff Andrew Miller whether he would like to comment on the offence.
Sentencing Venckus, Sheriff Miller described his actions as a “serious traffic offence”.
He added: “I take into account that you have no prior convictions and pleaded guilty to this at the earliest stage.
“But I also need to recognise that you have pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.”
Sheriff Miller disqualified Venckus, of Morven Court, Aberdeen, from driving for one year and fined him £210.
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