Tuesday 19 March 2019

Singer banned from driving after crash

Will Young
Will Young

Singer Will Young has been banned from driving after a man had to jump clear of his car which then crashed into a parked vehicle.

The 39-year-old singer was driving towards Edinburgh at around 6pm on January 21 when he was said to have mistaken a bollard for the central reservation.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard Young drove into a lay-by, which had a parked car in it, at about 64kph before realising his mistake.

Conditions were described as "fairly poor", with it being dark with snow.


Procurator Graham Fraser told how the owner of the parked Nissan Qashqai was returning from a friend's farm and crossing the lay-by at the time.

He then had to "jump clear to avoid being struck".

The court heard the entertainer braked to avoid hitting the man and lost control of his Mercedes G-Class.

Young's 4x4 was damaged but he "wrote off" the Nissan in the crash, the court heard.

His lawyer said "clearly he made a mistake" in relation to mistaking the bollards - marking entry to the lay-by - as the central reservation.

The court heard the singer had been "extremely apologetic" for his "momentary loss of control" and sheltered the man from the cold in his car before calling the police.

Young pleaded guilty in March to driving without due care as well as at excessive speed for the weather conditions and for entering a lay-by, before appearing at court for sentencing yesterday.

Sheriff J Euan Edment imposed five penalty points for the incident and banned him from driving for six months.

Young already had 11 points on his licence, as well as a drink-driving conviction from 1998. A disqualification results if 12 or more penalty points are built up within three years.

Young, who won UK TV singing contest Pop Idol, was also fined €686.

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