On Patrol, with Inspector Steve Pratt

On January 4, a speed check was carried out in Pitmedden and one driver was caught driving at 50 miles per hour in the 30 miles per hour area - this driver has subsequently been reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

On January 7 a vehicle was seen driving the ‘wrong way’ on Station Road, Ellon at the part which is ‘one way’ only. The offending driver allegedly then carried out a ‘U-turn’ and collided with another car before driving off, without providing any details. A positive line of enquiry is currently being followed in respect of the incident.

On 10 January following a routine check on a vehicle in Ellon, a 35 year old man was arrested after failing a roadside breath test. He was later charged with being in charge of a vehicle while over the prescribed limit, and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

The following day, after another routine check on a vehicle, a 29 year old man was taken into custody and reported for driving while unfit through drink or drugs. In addition, a quantity of controlled drugs was recovered and he was also reported for possession and being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs in Ellon.

On 13 January a road traffic collision occurred on the main street in Newburgh. No person was injured, but as a result a driver was charged with careless driving.

On 15 January another driver was arrested in connection with failing a roadside breath test on the the A90 near Balmedie. He has since been reported for driving while over the prescribed limit.

Two cases were dealt with in the last week of drivers using vehicles without insurance.

As is normal in these instances now, as, the vehicles being used were seized by the police, in addition to the drivers in question being charged.

Several speeding cases have also been dealt with on the A90 north and south of Ellon with drivers caught travelling at 88, 90 and 96 miles per hour.