Doctor fined for careless driving

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A prominent Fife doctor whose Mercedes hit two vehicles while he tried to park has been fined a total of £415.

Retired consultant Ian Lowles (64), a non-executive director of NHS Fife, collided with a van and a Ford Focus as he attempted to manoeuvre into a space in Market Street, St Andrews, Cupar Sheriff Court heard.

But afterwards he drove off and police picked him up at his home the next day.

Lowles, of The Roundel, Southfield Farm Steadings, Leuchars, admitted driving carelessly on March 8 this year and colliding with the two vehicles, and failing to report the accident.

The court heard that the accident happened at around 9am. The driver of the Ford Focus returned from shopping to see the accused trying to drive into a parking space. He hit the rear of the parked van, then reversed and hit the Ford before striking the van for a second time.

The accused asked the woman if she wanted his insurance details, said depute fiscal Joanne Smith, but she said she wanted to call the police.

The accused then drove away, and it wasn’t until the following day that he was traced.

Both the other vehicles were dented as a result of the incident, said Ms Smith.

Lowles, who told the court that he works for the Scottish Blood Transfusion Service, said: “In retrospect, I was trying to park in too small a space.

“There did not appear to be any damage and there was no personal injury, so I didn’t feel it required to be reported.”

However Sheriff Charles Macnair, who also imposed eight penalty points, told him: “You were aware that the other driver wanted the police to be involved, but despite that you drove off.

“That is the more serious of the offences.”