A MOTORIST ended up crashing through a fence and into a farmyard after driving too fast on a Peeblesshire road.

Yacht engineer Craig Pryde, 38, suffered serious injuries following the accident on the Peebles to Blyth Bridge A72 road near Wester Happrew.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser told Selkirk Sheriff Court that the accused was driving a Honda sports car west of Peebles on a road noted for its bends and short straights.

At around 5.30pm on a Sunday evening a car driver was doing 55mph but was still overtaken by Pryde's vehicle.

Mr Fraser said: "The accused accelerated away and the driver commented to his wife that the next time he will see him will be in a ditch.

"Unfortunately the prediction was correct."

Mr Fraser said a farmer was in his home and heard a large crashing noise and went outside to find the Honda had come through a wooden fence with Pryde still in the driver seat.

Pryde was taken to Borders General Hospital where his right ear had to be re-attached and he also suffered a fractured jaw after a piece of wood struck him on the head.

Defence lawyer Robert More said: "Speed seems to have been the problem. He seems to have lost control on the bend and was very badly hurt.

"He lost a tooth, suffered a shattered jaw and his ear had to be stitched back on."

Mr More stressed his client required his licence to attend exams in Merseyside as part of his job.

Sheriff Peter Paterson told Pryde of Howden Place, Holytown, Lanarkshire, that he regarded the offence as at the upper end of careless driving.

He imposed six penalty points as well as a £400 fine.