Motorist 'drove dangerously' in ex-Army personnel carrier

Robert Shepherd, 68, is accused of losing control of his 1954 Alvis Saracen near Alva.

Alvis Saracen: Robert Shepherd accused of dangerous driving (file pic).
Alvis Saracen: Robert Shepherd accused of dangerous driving (file pic).

A motorist is to face trial accused of driving dangerously in a Saracen armoured personnel carrier in Stirlingshire.

Robert Shepherd, 68, is said to have failed to keep his 1954 Alvis Saracen armoured personnel carrier under proper control during an alleged incident on the narrow and twisting B908 road between Collylands Roundabout, Alva, and the River Devon road bridge in Clackmannanshire in August last year.

He is accused of allowing the 11-tonne six-wheeler, which has Rolls Royce engines, to encroach onto the opposing carriageway of the B-road, narrowly missing a collision with an approaching vehicle.

It is then alleged that he failed to stop the ex-Army troop carrier, which has a top speed of 45mph, on the approach to a narrow bridge in order to allow another vehicle already on the bridge to cross over, precipitating a collision in which both vehicles were damaged.

At Allloa Sheriff Court on Monday, Shepherd, 68, a plumber, of Tullibody, Clackmannanshire, pleaded not guilty to the single charge against him.

His solicitor, Mike Lowrie, asked for more time to prepare the defence case.

Mr Lowrie said he had encountered “some difficulty finding an expert with some knowledge of the type of vehicle” to give evidence in Shepherd’s defence.

He said an expert had now been identified but was not immediately available.

The lawyer said that the police had promised to disclose a video clip from one of the witnesses to the alleged dangerous driving, but added: “This hasn’t been done yet.”

Depute fiscal Ann Orr confirmed: “There is a video and there is some difficulty in getting to play it at the moment.”

Sheriff Gillian Wade QC set trial for July 5 after a preliminary hearing on June 20.

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