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This saga relates my experience fighting an accusation of Dangerous Driving through the Scottish Court system. 



“Improbability Driving in Dundee” was first published on my blog A Hitch Hiker's Guide to NE Scotland in 2005 and grew to 10 entries. 
Over the years it has been superseded by a number of discrete web sites (3 at the last count) and I have decided to give the blog a more apposite title and reduce it to a single summary page with a link to one of the web sites:




The summary

A driver, angry at being held up on his very own local road, took revenge by tailgating me; but this didn't satisfy him so he got together with a mate and reported me to the police. 
This mate was a motorcyclist who pretended to be a witness. 
For good measure he got his girlfriend to say she was riding pillion so that she could also claim to be a witness.

The conspirators embellished their story with a number of improbable events: 

1 - a car that was reported damaged yet was undamaged when examined by a policeman;
2 - a complainant who, despite claiming to be shocked, managed to remember 2 registration numbers;
3 - a diesel Citroen that managed to outrun a Kawasaki ZX 1100 motorbike; 
4 - the rider of the Kawasaki who always kept to speed limits; 
5 - a ‘witness’ who “got quite a fright” when observing the ‘accident’ despite being 20 miles away at the time; 
6 - the Citroen which, as the Sheriff observed, overtook the witnesses’s vehicles even though it was already in front of them;

7 - and finally, the least improbable fact (which Douglas Adams fans will appreciate) is that the complaining driver lives near Liff.

Unfortunately, the Sheriff refused to believe that giving such error-strewn evidence made the Crown's witnesses any less credible: he accepted their version of events and convicted me.


The players


Me – heading home at a leisurely pace in my Citroen, listening to Eddie Mair halfway through his PM slot on Radio 4, moving out to pass an overladen truck doing 25 mph, aware of a distant Astra charging up the outside lane…...

Car Genie (aka the Muirhead Monster) – finding his route to speed heaven blocked by a Citroen passing a slow truck, had a temper tantrum - tailgated, flashed and hooted; and when he did get past he slowed down abruptly in front of me…...

The Singing Fish (by Miro the Mad Mechanic) – roaring up just after the incident, turned round in his saddle and gestured towards the Astra with thumb and forefinger……

The Perjurer's Apprentice the Singing Fish’s pillion passenger – a phantom…...

Thomas Crookwank – my pompous solicitor and a man so pleased with himself that he would mention his friends in high places at every meeting; he told me I was guilty and said I was lying but denied it when I complained to the Law Society of Scotland……

AG McCulloch the Sheriff – despite spotting some of the lies told by the Crown witnesses, he refused to believe that all 3 could have conspired to tell tall stories in his court; unable to explain why my story was so utterly different, he hit upon the notion that I was tired, thus accounting for my faulty recollection……


 

 
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