Teenage driver re­manded

The Oban Times - - News -

A TEENAGER who drove a car with­out a li­cence or in­sur­ance then burnt it out on a Lochaber forestry road has been re­manded in cus­tody.

Scott Graham, of Brown Street, Bal­loch, ad­mit­ted driv­ing the Vaux­hall As­tra from an ad­dress in Caol on to the A82 and the B863 road to Kin­lochleven, be­fore tak­ing the ve­hi­cle down a forestry road and set­ting it on fire on March 3 of this year.

The 19-year- old ad­mit­ted the charges at Fort Wil­liam sher­iff court last Wed­nes­day (Septem­ber 2).

He also pleaded not guilty to tak­ing the car with­out the con­sent of the owner, which was ac­cepted by the crown.

Fis­cal Michelle Mol­ley said Graham’s friend, a pas­sen­ger in the car, had taken photos of the late night drive and posted them on Face­book.

The car owner re­ported his ve­hi­cle miss­ing spark­ing a po­lice search and of­fi­cers found Graham hid­ing up a tree the fol­low­ing day.

She added: ‘Po­lice re­ceived a re­port that the ve­hi­cle had been burnt out on the forestry track but the num­ber plate was in a con­di­tion that the reg­is­tra­tion could be recog­nised.’

Sher­iff Brian Cameron de­ferred sen­tenc­ing un­til Septem­ber 15 for back­ground re­ports and re­manded Graham in cus­tody un­til then due to the ‘se­ri­ous na­ture’ of the fire- start­ing of­fence.

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