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'Daft laddies' stunt ends in court for Ross-shire bricklayer as 'lazy' country road tow bid goes badly wrong

By Ali Morrison

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A 24-year-old Ross-shire bricklayer towed his pal on a mountain bike along a country road but it ended in disaster when he sustained head injuries after falling over the handlebars.

At Inverness Sheriff Court, first offender Callum Russell of Sellar Place, Conon Bridge admitted careless driving near Kiltarlity on August 14 last year.

He was fined £300 and had his licence endorsed with six penalty points.

The court was told that the pair had finished building mountain bike trails near Foxhole but they were "too lazy" to dismantle the bike and put it in the vehicle.

Fiscal depute Sharon Ralph said: "This is two daft laddies. His pal was holding on to the car as the BMW drove him towards his home almost a mile away.

"But a car was coming in the opposite direction and when Russell braked, his friend lost control of the bike and went over the handlebars. He said he had been too lazy to remove the front wheel and put the bike in the car."

Defence solicitor advocate Neil Wilson said: "I agree with Mrs Ralph that they were foolish and it was an ill-judged decision. They were best friends then, and they are best friends now."

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