Tayside and Central Scotland

Angus driver found guilty of causing high-speed crash

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Image caption Eoin Duncan drove at 145mph on a dual-carriageway before crashing into a tree

A man drove at 145mph before causing a high-speed crash that resulted in one of his passengers being flung out of the vehicle's window, a court heard.

Eoin Duncan lost control of the car on a bend north of Carnoustie and hit a tree, injuring two of the occupants.

A trial heard that the car did not have enough seatbelts for all of the passengers in the vehicle.

The 22-year-old from Carnoustie denied dangerous driving but was found guilty by a jury.

One 15-year-old was thrown from the rear of Duncan's Honda Civic Type R in the incident, which took place in March 2014.

A jury at Forfar Sheriff Court was told that two of the occupants of the car suffered injuries including a broken arm, fractured sinus, face, head and lung contusions and a scalp wound.

The trial heard evidence from one passenger that the car reached its top speed of 145mph on a dual carriageway.

Dangerously excessive speed

In her closing speech, depute fiscal Joanne Smith, told jurors: "When he lost control of the car he didn't just make a mistake, he wasn't just caught out - it was entirely due to the manner of his driving.

"He was carrying more passengers than he had seatbelts.

"That was a risk he deliberately ignored.

"What we get is a clear impression of not a careful, measured driver but a car being driven at dangerously excessive speed."

Duncan, of Caesar Avenue, Carnoustie, was released on bail following the jury's verdict.

Sheriff Gregor Murray deferred sentence until March and disqualified Duncan from driving immediate effect.

The sheriff told Duncan: "The jury have found you guilty of what I regard as a very serious charge on what I regard as overwhelming evidence against you.

"You should be under no illusion that a custodial sentence is a possibility."

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