A Carlisle motorist who decided to overtake another vehicle approaching the brow of a hill tried to brake when he saw oncoming traffic approaching - but it was not enough to allow him to pull back in.

A court heard Adam Todd, 40, collided with the preceding vehicleand an oncoming car had to pull off the carriageway on the A7 near Langholm.

In the court – at Dumfries – Todd, of Moorville Drive South, Carlisle, admitted driving dangerously near Hoghill farm in August. He pleaded guilty to failing to obey traffic markings and lane discipline, and driving into the path of oncoming vehicles.

Fiscal depute Alison Herald said that Todd’s van landed upside down.

Solicitor Joe Macpherson said it was a “misjudgement” on the part of Todd.

He added that Todd was a parcels delivery driver who was heading home and with an automatic ban he would now have to seek other work.

Sheriff George Jamieson imposed a fine of £300 and banned Todd from the road for 12 months and ordered that he re-sit a driving test.