A Moray man has been banned from the road after causing a three-car crash while driving at excessive speed.
Christopher Ross was overtaking another car on the A941 Elgin to Rothes road near the Longmorn Distillery around 3.30pm on May 14 last year when he ploughed into the back of a stationary vehicle which was waiting to turn.
The collision caused the 50-year-old’s Renault Megane to spin across the carriageway and hit a vehicle which had been travelling in the other direction.
Fiscal Rowena Carlton yesterday told Elgin Sheriff Court that Ross had already overtaken several cars before the crash.
She said: “He was then seen to pull sharply into his own lane in front of another vehicle, which caused that vehicle to brake to allow the accused into the lane.
“The accused was then seen to perform another overtake and, on returning to his lane, struck a vehicle that was waiting to turn right, which caused his vehicle to spin and thereafter hit another car.”
All three cars were damaged in the incident and the other drivers suffered injuries.
Solicitor Ben Thom said: “He had been performing overtakes in slow-moving traffic, which was travelling at about 40 and 50mph.
“He had been performing the overtakes safely on straight sections and, on this occasion, had not appreciated that there was a vehicle ahead of him that had slowed to a stop. He’s extremely regretful.”
Ross, of Lossie Cottages, Elgin, was fined £600 after admitting driving carelessly, and banned from the road for five months.