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Inverness fiscal admits causing serious crash on A862

Emma Knox
Image caption Emma Knox was paralysed from the neck down for a time after the crash

A procurator fiscal has admitted driving dangerously and causing serious injury to herself and another motorist.

Emma Knox, 45, overtook a lorry on a bend on the A862 Inverness to Beauly road in December last year and crashed into a van driven by Scott Henderson.

Mr Henderson was badly injured and Elgin-born Knox spent almost four months in hospital receiving treatment.

Appearing at Dingwall Sheriff Court, she was fined £500 and banned from driving for two years.

The Inverness district procurator fiscal will also have to re-sit her driving test.

Within days of being charged, Knox instructed her solicitor, Neil Wilson, to plead guilty.

'No recollection'

Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle said he had considered a prison sentence.

He told Knox: "The fact you are employed by the fiscal service and the Crown is of no relevance to me.

"However you more than anyone else should know road traffic law and the consequences of dangerous driving.

"If someone had been killed in this collision, your would have been brought in the high court and could have resulted in a custodial sentence."

Defence agent Mr Wilson said his client admitted her culpability from the outset and never sought to avoid it.

He said: "She has no recollection of the accident and lost her memory until January of this year. She is happy and relieved Mr Henderson has made a full recovery.

"We can only speculate that this was a moment of miscalculation that caused the collision which initially left her paralysed from the neck down."

Mr Wilson said her employers were considering her future with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

He said: "She could be docked pay, lose her commission or be dismissed - all options are open to them."

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