Jan 19 2012 by Les Stewart, Blairgowrie Adv
A SHERIFF has ordered the seizure of an Audi car after an East Perthshire man appeared in court on a dangerous driving charge.
And the luxury vehicle could be permanently forfeited if he is convicted of the offence.
Krzysztof Novak (23), of Strathmore Avenue, Coupar Angus, has denied the charge and will face trial on April 24.
He had a preliminary hearing set for March 29.
The seizure motion was made at Perth Sheriff Court this week by depute fiscal Robbie Brown.
He said he didn’t have a specific value for it but was presumed to be worth something in the low thousands of pounds.
Solicitor Cheryl Clark said that the car, registration SK51 DPZ, belonged to his father and opposed the motion.
Novak denied that on January 15, on the A923 Muirhead-Blairgowrie road, he drove dangerously and in conditions of frost and ice.
It is alleged that he drove at grossly excessive speeds and repeatedly failed to keep the car on the correct side of the road.
Novak is then said to slowed the vehicle to such a speed that Susan McMillan, who was driving another car, overtook him.
Thereafter, he is said to have driven in dangerously close proximity to the rear of her car, with his headlights on full beam, and repeatedly flashed his lights.
He is then accused of overtaking her car on the approach to a blind bend, driving on the wrong side of the road while still nearing the bend.
He is then alleged to have bent down to search the footwell for a dropped cigarette lighter so that he was unable to properly see the road ahead, all to the danger of himself and other road users.
Novak also denied a second charge of failing, without reasonable excuse, to provide two breath specimens for analysis at Perth Police HQ.
Sheriff Linda Smith granted the petition allowing the car to be seized and held by the Crown until the question of the accused’s guilt or innocence was determined.