A driver has been arrested after a road accident in Anderson Street in Inverness in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police confirmed yesterday that a 29-year-old man was detained at the scene after an incident at the River Ness flood scheme works at the southern end of the street.
The incident involved a silver Vauxhall Astra which came to rest on the riverbank after colliding with fences surrounding the flood defence works.
No other vehicles were involved.
Anderson Street residents reported hearing the incident at around 2.30am.
One resident said: “I heard a really loud noise from the fences and went for a look.
“The car was sitting on the stones right on the riverbank. The driver was really very lucky that he didn’t end up in the river itself.
“You get the odd accident here because of the corner but this was unusual.”
Another said she had heard the noise but had ignored it and gone back to bed.
She said: “You get used to all kinds of things out here.
“I just assumed that it had been someone messing about with the fences and thought nothing more of it until the morning.”
Police confirmed that the driver had been uninjured in the accident and would appear at Inverness Sheriff Court at a later date.
Staff from McLaughlin and Harvey, the contractors responsible for the flood defence works, were on site yesterday afternoon to reinstate the fences to stop people accessing the site.
Inverness Central councillor Donnie Kerr said: “As the local member, I am concerned by any incident like this.
“Anderson Street is a particular case as I feel it is badly in need of some kind of traffic-calming measures.
“It is something that I have asked for before and it’s something I will continue to press for in the future.”