Boy racer is put off road for two years
He led police on high-speed chase
A reckless boy racer who led police on a high-speed chase through Paisley has been fined £400 and banned from the road for two years.
Jordan Thompson, 18, drove dangerously through the town’s West End at the wheel of a silver BMW 318i.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard that he even crashed into a electrical junction box and drove off in the damaged motor with his boot flapping open and the cops in hot pursuit.
When officers were forced to give up the chase because the teen tearaway was driving too dangerously, members of the public tipped off cops about an address near the town’s Clark Street, where he was arrested.
He admitted a catalogue of offences relating to the incident on May 26, including:
Driving at excessive speeds on the A761, Ferguslie, Broomlands Street, Gallow Green Road, Greenhill Road and Gockston Road, Failing to stop at traffic signals, Driving on the wrong wide of the road, Colliding with property , Driving while a provisional licence holder only and without supervision, Failing to stop for police, and Getting behind the wheel with no insurance.
Sentence had been deferred for background reports and Thompson was back in court on Monday to learn his fate.
A lawyer representing Thompson told the court : “He understands the driving here was reckless in the extreme.”
The reports confirmed Thompson has underlying issues, including impulsiveness.
After considering these, Sheriff David Pender stressed that anyone who acted as he had, driving dangerously and attempting to avoid being stopped by police, could be locked up.
Making him the subject of an 18- month Community Payback Order, requiring him to complete 300 hours of unpaid work in a nine-month period, Sheriff Pender warned that the sentence was a direct alternative to custody.
He added: “I have the power to revoke the order and send you to detention if you fail to comply in any way.”
Thompson, of Charleston Square in Paisley’s south end, was fined a total of £400, disqualified from driving for two years, and ordered to re-sit and pass his driving test .
Sheriff Pender warned that he intends to monitor his progress with regular reviews, the first of which will take place on February 27.