A driver who fishtailed around a corner before mounting a pavement and slamming into a group of tourists in St Andrews has been spared a jail term.
“Impatient” tree surgeon Edward Kolakovic sped off down the town’s Market Street after being held up by cars parking on either side and a lorry being unloaded.
He then tried to turn right – but lost control of his Volkswagen Golf, with the back end swinging out as he tried to turn on the damp cobbles.
Kolakovic’s car then regained grip as it got on to the tarmac surface of Church Street – causing the car to spear across the road and up on to the pavement.
There he ploughed into four Chinese tourists wandering the streets of the Fife town, seriously injuring two of them, before smashing into a shopfront.
Kolakovic, 33, of Kinaldy Farm, St Andrews, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, committed on January 12 2018.
Sheriff Alastair Brown imposed a community payback order with 200 hours unpaid work and banned Kolakovic from driving for two years.