A motorist who caused a crash which resulted in serious injury to another man has admitted a careless driving offence at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

William Gibson pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention on the A702 between Dolphinton and West Linton on December 2, 2017.

The 35-year-old overtook when it was unsafe to do so and collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Patrick McShane who was serious injured.

Mr McShane's son was also injured as well as Gibson of McNeill Terrace, Loanhead, and both vehicles were damaged.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said the incident happened at around 4.30pm when it was dark and Gibson was driving a BMW 3 Series car.

He said: "He had just gone through West Linton and past the roundabout at the north end of West Linton and came behind a vehicle driven by a Christopher Clark.

"Mr McShane was travelling into West Linton from the north and was driving a Ford pick-up, which is a large vehicle.

"He (Mr McShane) noticed a line of traffic and all of a sudden saw the accused pull out of the line of traffic and must have been the third or fourth vehicle.

"The car went into the lane in which Mr McShane was travelling and he had nowhere to go. The impact activated the air bags in the car and Mr McShane immediately felt pains in his neck.

"He was trapped in the vehicle and was aware of someone saying I am sorry and something along the lines of I did not see you."

Mr McShane's son was in the vehicle but fortunately both were wearing seat belt."

Mr Fraser listed Mr McShane's injuries which included a fractured rib, breast bone and spine and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Gibson also had a broken nose from the collision.

Defence lawyer Stephanie Clinkscale said: "My client was overtaking a vehicle as was being narrated but then the vehicle increased its speed and my client did not see the other vehicle due to the dip in the road.

"He tried to avoid a collision by driving into the verge but so did the other vehicle and they collided.

"He immediately went to the assistance of those in the other vehicle."

She explained that Gibson was a new driver and six penalty points on his licence would mean it reverting to a provisional licence.

Sheriff Peter Paterson said the incident had "all the hallmarks of impatience" and said his starting point would be eight penalty points.

But he reduced the number to six due to the guilty plea as well as imposing a fine of £250.