Speeding driver offers season's greetings... to sheriff!
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Sheriff Andrew Berry received the compliments of the season from an unexpected source... a man he was about to sentence.
It happened when the sheriff read an ‘upbeat’ letter from Thomas Meikle, who had been caught speeding, Wick Sheriff Court heard last week.
The 38-year-old criticised himself for having committed the offence, expressed his appreciation of the manner in which police officers had dealt with it and concluded by wishing all concerned a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Meikle, a harbourmaster, of Antealach, Mey, tendered a plea of guilty.
He was clocked by the police on September 18 at 42 mph leaving Wick on the A99, where the speed limit is 30 mph.
Sheriff Berry fined Meikle, who has a previous conviction, £200 and imposed three penalty points, but admonished him on a second charge of having no test certificate.