Carnoustie driver jailed

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A driver who reached 145mph before later causing a high-speed crash was today (Wednesday) jailed for two-and-a-half years

Eoin Duncan’s high performance Honda Civic Type R was packed with young friends - more than he had seatbelts for - when he lost control on a bend and careered into a tree.

Witnesses said he had got “air time” after going over a rise - at which experts said he would have to be driving at 110mph to become airborne.

One 15-year-old was thrown from the rear of the powerful motor and suffered horrific injuries that left him in intensive care for a period following the smash.

A trial at Forfar Sheriff Court heard Duncan had been on an hour long thrash around roads in rural Angus, including the A92 between Carnoustie and Ethiebeaton and on back roads north of the Carnoustie, where the crash occurred.

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

Duncan himself told a witness in the wake of the smash that he had been driving up to 100mph and had “lost it”.

Two of the occupants of the car suffered injuries including a broken arm, fractured sinus, face head and lung contusions and a scalp wound.

Duncan, 22, of Caesar Avenue, Carnoustie, had denied driving dangerously but was convicted by a jury over the March 2014 incident.

But a jury took less than half an hour to find him guilty at a trial last month.

Sheriff Gregor Murray jailed Duncan for 30 months and banned him from the road for five years.

See this week’s paper for more information.