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Lorry driver jailed for dangerous driving

Leslie Whyte was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

A lorry driver has been jailed for causing a crash which left another motorist with serious injuries.

Leslie Whyte's 34-tonne goods vehicle was speeding when it slammed into the back of a small van that was preparing to leave the A66 near Appleby in May last year.

Van driver Jeffrey Bainbridge, 60, was thrown from his vehicle.

The builder and volunteer firefighter, from Appleby, was then airlifted to hospital, where he remained for eight days.

He suffered fractured vertebrae in his neck and lower back, along with eight broken ribs, a punctured and collapsed lung, and a fractured shoulder blade.

Leslie Whyte, 36, denied causing those serious injuries by dangerous driving, but was convicted after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

A jury heard he was a methadone user whose vehicle was seen swerving erratically immediately before the crash.

At the crown court on Friday 9 April, Whyte, of Holmpark Crescent, Newton Stewart, was sent to prison for 18 months, and banned from driving for two years.


Teenager charged over death

A teenager has been charged with causing death by careless driving following a fatal road accident in the Scottish Borders on New Year's Day.

18 year old Scott Johnston, from Earlston, Berwickshire, died when the car he was a passenger in left the road and struck a tree.

The accident happened on the A697 road near Westruther, Berwickshire, at around 7pm on January 1.

Eight months after the accident and following enquiries, Lothian and Borders Police say they have now charged an 18 year old male from Lauder with causing death by careless driving.