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Close shave earns man driving ban
Edward Hutcheson
Edward Hutcheson has worked on accident investigations with police
A health and safety expert has been banned from driving after he was caught shaving as he overtook a line of rush hour traffic at 70mph.

Edward Hutcheson, 39, was seen leaning forward to look in his rear view mirror as he used an electric shaver.

He was banned for six months and fined 300 after being found guilty of careless driving on the A9 near Auchterarder, Perthshire, last March.

He told police he was late for a first aid course, Perth Sheriff Court heard.

Hutcheson, who had previously worked on accident investigations with the police, also claimed he had been leaning across the car at an awkward angle so he could see past a dozen mannequins he had stored in the back of his car.

The court heard how police officers saw him drive past their patrol vehicle as he used an electric shaver on his face and crane his head to look in the rear view mirror.

It is near the top end of careless driving, considering the conditions you were driving in and what was going on
Sheriff Michael Fletcher

They turned round and chased Hutcheson from the entrance to Upper Cairnie Farm, near Auchterarder, before catching up with him a mile further on.

He had one hand on the wheel and police said he appeared to be checking if he was "getting a good shave".

Hutcheson, from Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, said he was a health and safety inspector and was running late to deliver a first aid training course in Dundee.

Sheriff Michael Fletcher heard that Hutcheson stood to lose his job without a licence.

The sheriff found him guilty of careless driving.

"It is near the top end of careless driving, considering the conditions you were driving in and what was going on," the sheriff said.


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