North-east drink-drive smash left passenger seriously hurt

Gregg McQueen outside Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
Gregg McQueen outside Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

A man has admitted getting behind the wheel while over the limit – and then colliding with a taxi, seriously injuring his passenger.

Gregg McQueen, 32, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court where he admitted driving dangerously at a roundabout.

McQueen drove his Volkswagen Golf at a speed of 35-40mph at the roundabout, at its junction with Old Skene Road, Broadshade Road and Broadstraik Road, on October 24 last year.

He failed to give way and ended up crashing with the taxi, leaving his passenger with a number of injuries – including a dislocated hip.

McQueen also admitted driving with 54 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the limit is 22mcgs.

Fiscal Depute Anne MacDonald told the court the taxi driver was in the area of Broadshade Road, Westhill, going south towards the roundabout. She said: “As he came round the roundabout level with Old Skene Road, the nearside of his vehicle and the accused’s vehicle struck each other, and the vehicles end up coming on to the centre of the roundabout.

“Emergency services were contacted, the accused was noted to have a smell of alcohol coming from him.”

McQueen’s passenger, who suffered a dislocated hip, fractured arm and fractured hip socket joint, was known to him and they had been at a local bar together.

Ms MacDonald said: “She says the accused had two vodkas to drink just prior to him driving the vehicle. She put the speed at about 40mph at the time just before impact on the roundabout.”

Ms MacDonald added the woman spent a total of four weeks in hospital receiving treatment.

Defence agent Lynn Bentley asked for the case to be deferred for a background report.

Sheriff Graeme Napier told McQueen, whose address was given in court as Burnbrae Crescent, Aberdeen, his case would call again for sentencing next month.