A teenage driver who was caught speeding in Inverness two months after passing his driving test escaped having his licence revoked at Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday.
The court heard Derek Linden, 18, had been with some friends and had fallen out with them.
Depute fiscal Stewart MacIver told Sheriff Eric Brown: “He was seen driving in MacEwan Drive at an inappropriate speed. The weather was cold and the road surface slippery. He skidded the vehicle and this was heard by someone in a nearby house.”
Linden, of 3 Wells Court, Telford Street, Inverness, was originally charged with dangerous driving. But he admitted a reduced charge of careless driving in MacEwan Drive on January 24.
His solicitor Ewan Robertson told Sheriff Brown that Linden was an apprentice welder in Evanton and needed his licence to get to and from work.
Mr Robertson said, as a new driver, if his client got his licence endorsed with six penalty points or more he would have his licence revoked.
He said Linden only drove a distance of 50 yards up and down the street and accepted he should not have been driving in that manner.
Sheriff Brown fined Linden £300 and his licence was endorsed with four penalty points.