An Angus pensioner who got in a one-way street tangle after losing his way has been fined for hitting another car.
Dennis Noble, 76, of Hospitalfield Road, Arbroath, was originally charged with driving dangerously on Balmachie Road, Carnoustie, on April 29 last year causing injury to a female passenger in the other car and damage to both vehicles.
He had earlier sent a letter to the court pleading guilty, but his explanation for the offence was not accepted.
Noble had a guilty plea to the lesser charge of careless driving accepted when he appeared before Sheriff Gregor Murray at Forfar yesterday.
Depute fiscal Bill Kermode said the incident happened around 2pm when a scaffolder working on a site in the street saw the accused’s Nissan make a three-point turn to head the wrong way down the street.
He struck the offside of the other car, blocking the road.
An ambulance was called after the female passenger sustained a chest injury as a result of the collision.
Solicitor Billy Rennie said his client was looking for a farm shop and had stopped to ask a pedestrian for directions before turning round to go the wrong way down the street.
“It’s in the mid-range of careless driving but in hindsight it shouldn’t have happened,” said the sheriff.
Sheriff Gregor Murray fined Noble £270 and imposed four penalty points.