‘Hor­ren­dous piece of driv­ing’ leads to prison

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A good samaritan who picked up a hun­gry hitch­hiker has been locked up for eight months for dan­ger­ous driv­ing in Cam­bus­lang.

James McCul­loch hit the head­lines af­ter he posted a clip of him­self help­ing hitch­hiker Quentin Hen­der­son in Stir­ling last month.

McCul­loch, from East Kil­bride, ad­mit­ted a charge of dan­ger­ous driv­ing on June 14 last year dur­ing an in­ci­dent on Glas­gow Road and other roads in Cam­bus­lang as well as in East Kil­bride.

McCul­loch, of Kent­mere Drive, pled guilty to fail­ing to stop for a marked po­lice car, driv­ing in ex­cess of the speed limit, fail­ing to com­ply with road mark­ings, strad­dling the op­pos­ing car­riage­way, stop­ping sud­denly and abruptly, driv­ing with­out lights on an un­lit car­riage­way and col­lid­ing with an­other car.

The 25-year-old also ad­mit­ted driv­ing while only hold­ing a pro­vi­sional li­cence and charges of driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance and be­ing in pos­ses­sion of cannabis resin on June 14.

Sher­iff Vin­cent Smith said: “This was a hor­ren­dous piece of driv­ing over an ex­ten­sive pe­riod of time, cov­er­ing a sub­stan­tial dis­tance, and is at the top end as far as se­ri­ous­ness is con­cerned.”

On top of the eight-month jail sen­tence McCul­loch was fined £810 and banned from driv­ing for 36 months.

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