A JOGGER wearing a headlamp was knocked down by a van as he ran along Ness Road near Chanonry Point, Fortrose.
Inverness Sheriff Court heard today how the man was hit by a Vauxhall Vivaro van driven by Stephen Bowes from Rosemarkie.
Depute fiscal Laura Ryan told Sheriff Margaret Neilson the road was single track, unlit and had a golf course on either side.
After the accident on November 24 an ambulance and the police were called and Bowes (32), of Bridge Street, appeared intoxicated as he struggled to keep his eyes open.
Ms Ryan added: “He said he had been driving and struck the jogger.”
The fiscal said police noticed he was unsteady on his feet but a roadside breath test proved negative. However, drugs paraphanalia was found in his vehicle.
Bowes admitted driving on Ness Road, while unfit through drink or drugs.
He told police when charged: “To be honest I have no excuse.”
The jogger was taken to hospital and detained overnight for observation.
He suffered concussion and had a 2cm cut to his head, the fiscal said.
Solictior Neil Wilson said his client, who had one previous drink-driving offence in 2005, was in his works’ vehicle at the time of the accident. He lost his job as a result.
He added Bowes was an occasional user of valium and the medicine he had been using that evening was stronger than expected.
Sheriff Neilson disqualified Bowes from driving for two years and fined him £600.