Lout ignored blue lights and sirens
An out-of-control driver who led cops on a high speed chase through the streets of Paisley has been jailed.
Connor Dawson was caged for eight months at Paisley Sheriff Court this week after he admitted speeding through red lights and dangerously overtaking other motors as officers raced to bring him to a halt.
The 21-year-old took his friend’s mum’s Mini Cooper from Lonend, in Paisley, without permission for a joyride, but quickly came to the attention of police.
After stalling at a set of traffic lights he restarted the car, spinning the wheels, before speeding off.
A police car spotted his antics on September 7, at around 6am, and began following him.
The court heard how Dawson put his foot down when he spotted the cop unit.
The police car had blue lights flashing and sirens sounding, but he paid no heed and tried to outpace them, speeding down Barrhead Road, Ardgowan Road and Barterholm Road without stopping or slowing down at junctions.
He turned into Espedair Street, despite it being closed for roadworks, mounting the footpath in a desperate bid to evade capture.
He was eventually stopped by a ‘No Entry’ sign which prevented him going any further.
When Dawson, of Balgraystone Avenue, Barrhead, appeared at the town’s sheriff court, he admitted taking and driving away the vehicle without permission or lawful authority, driving dangerously through a red traffic light, overtaking another vehicle too close, speeding and, at one point, mounting the nearside footpath in an attempt to avoid police.
He also admitted driving without a licence and insurance.
A defence agent said her client, an unemployed painter and decorator, had underlying “impulsive behaviour” issues which required to be addressed, having seen the whole episode as “something of a reality check”.
It was an “extremely stupid” escapade, she said, adding: “When he saw the police, he panicked.”
Sentence had previously been deferred for background reports and, when Dawson returned to court to learn his fate, Sheriff Susan Sinclair said the incident was so serious that custody was the only option.
She jailed Dawson for eight months and disqualified him from driving for a year, ordering that he must resit and pass the extended test of competency before being allowed to get back behind the wheel.
When he saw the police, he panicked