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Learner causes road carnage
Alan Shirkey
Shirkey was driving on a provisional licence
A learner driver who reversed along a dual carriageway, smashing into cars, has been banned from driving for life.

Two other car drivers and a toddler were injured in the incident on the A90 between Perth and Dundee which ended with all three cars lying in a field.

Alan Shirkey, 46, from Aberdeen, had been driving to Perth to visit his daughter when he stopped for petrol.

As he drove off he realised he had not paid for the fuel and started to reverse down the busy main road.

No insurance

Perth Sheriff Court heard how witnesses saw him reverse down the outside lane of the dual carriageway.

He crossed through the central reservation and did the same on the other side.

But he lost control of the car and drove backwards into the path of oncoming vehicles.

The three cars involved in the crash on the 70mph stretch of road near the village of Errol all ended up in a field.

Two drivers and a two-year-old girl were injured but none seriously.

Behind the wheel

Shirkey admitted dangerous driving, driving with only a provisional licence and no L plates, and having no insurance.

He also admitted failing to give a urine sample to the police after he was arrested, but his not guilty pleas to drink driving and stealing petrol were accepted.

As well as a life driving ban, Shirkey was fined 300 and placed on probation for a year.

His solicitor, Gwen Wood, said Shirkey had feared his daughter was in danger from a violent former partner and decided to go to Perth to collect her.

She said it was the first time he had driven a car for 10 years and he now planned never to get behind the wheel again.

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