Teenage driver remanded
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.