AN ELPHINSTONE driver has been banned from the road after admitting a charge of dangerous driving.

Finn Harkins, of Durie’s Park, drove a vehicle dangerously by accelerating sharply and driving at excessive speeds on the B1347 East Fortune to East Linton road.

Harkins, 21, also lost traction on the vehicle and negotiated a roundabout on the wrong side of the road during the incident, which according to the complaint took place in the hours of darkness on June 11 last year.

Harkins pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Wednesday.

Sheriff Roderick Flinn banned Harkins from the road for 12 months and fined him £200 for the offence.