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2 arrested after blind man drives car into rock

By Mason White 3:25 AM August 20, 2013
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By: John Roberts
Two men were arrested and charged after a man allowed his blind friend to drive his car, according to court proceedings in Scotland.

The blind man told police that he was trying to realize his life dream of driving a car when it crashed into a rock and almost hit a pedestrian.

Paul Keating, 42, was driving his friend’s Subaru Impreza when the accident took place in New Lanark.

Keating said his friend, Brian Gillon, 33, suggested that he get behind the wheel, and offered to help the blind man with steering and braking.

“I felt secure enough, because I drove slow while my friend had his hand on the wheel and told me where to go. However, the next thing I knew is that we had hit a huge rock,” Keating told the Lanark Sheriff Court.

“I was shocked and was glad no one was injured,” he said. “I know it was a very silly thing to do, and I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” he said.

Keating was charged with reckless driving, driving without insurance and driving with a provisional license. Gillon was with allowing an unfit person to drive and allowing an uninsured to drive a car.

Keating lost his sight when he was 28-years-old due to Leber’s disease.