Audi driver who went on run given last chance

The Oban Times - - News -

A THIEF, who went on the run af­ter col­lid­ing with a po­lice car while driv­ing with­out a li­cence or in­surance, has been given three months to show he can be­have.

Sher­iff Wil­liam Tay­lor said he was tak­ing an ‘ un­usual’ course of ac­tion in deal­ing with 22-year- old Vadims Pro­horovs at Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court on Fri­day.

Pro­horovs, who is orig­i­nally from Latvia but now lives in Clag­gan, ap­peared from cus­tody, where he had been re­manded since April 10, af­ter ad­mit­ting the of­fences which took place on Tor­lundy Road on March 12.

He also ad­mit­ted mul­ti­ple charges of dis­hon­esty, in­clud­ing steal­ing two jack­ets from Nevis Sport worth £157 each on Fe­bru­ary 5 and var­i­ous bot­tles of per­fume, af­ter­shave and al­co­hol.

In court it was heard on March 12 po­lice had re­ceived re­ports of a black Audi be­ing driven er­rat­i­cally on Kil­mallie Road in Caol and that two po­lice of­fi­cers on pa­trol in the area started look­ing for the driver.

The car was spot­ted and fol­lowed with blue lights but Pro­horovs, know­ing he had no in­surance, elected to con­tinue driv­ing.

Fis­cal Martina East­wood said: ‘ The driver at­tempted to ma­neou­vre past the po­lice van com­ing to­wards him but col­lided with the near side and also col­lided with a parked car. Po­lice saw Pro­horovs walk from the ve­hi­cle but they did not in­ter­view him as he could not be trace.’

So­lic­i­tor Stephen Kennedy said Pro­horovs was in an un­usual sit­u­a­tion as the car did not be­long to him, how­ever, it was not stolen as first thought.

The car be­longed to a Mr Abra­ham who Pro­horovos had met on that day but when re­al­is­ing the car owner and his girl­friend had been drink­ing and were not fit to drive, Pro­horovs said he would drive the car from Caol to Clag­gan.

Mr Kennedy added: ‘ Mr Pro­horovs does not hold a UK li­cence and held a pro­vi­sional driv­ing li­cence in Latvia. He came across a po­lice car which was sta­tion­ary, elected to con­tinue driv­ing as he thought he had suf­fi­cient room. There was not so he bumped the car and then con­tin­ued on his way.’

With re­gards to the theft, Mr Kennedy said Pro­horovs openly ad­mits he stole the items for per­sonal gain. Cur­rently un­em­ployed, Pro­horovs’ in­ten­tion was to sell them to cover day-to- day liv­ing costs for him­self and his girl­friend who is preg­nant and due later in the year.

The court heard Pro­horovs had been liv­ing in Ire­land for three years be­fore mov­ing to Scot­land eight months ago.

A brief ad­journ­ment took place to es­tab­lish whether Pro­horovs was telling the truth about pre­vi­ously be­ing in­volved in only one crim­i­nal case re­gard­ing pos­ses­sion of a small amount of cannabis.

Af­ter checks were made by the po­lice, it was found a war­rant was also out­stand­ing against Pro­horovs on a charge of try­ing to sell an iPhone 6 from Latvia which turned out to be a Nokia model in­side. Mr Kennedy told the court Pro­horovs knew noth­ing about the war­rant but that he had ap­peared in a court in In­ver­ness for other mat­ters where the sher­iff granted a de­ferred sen­tence.

Sher­iff Tay­lor said he was a firm be­liever that the left hand should re­alise what the right hand was do­ing and that it would be a shame for the de­ferred sen­tence to be­gin with a pe­riod in re­mand.

The sher­iff or­dered Pro­horovs to be­have and to re­turn on July 18. He stressed: ‘ I am go­ing to de­fer sen­tence for three months and if you so much as steal a box of matches, you will be pun­ished for these of­fences and what­ever brought you back to court. This is very much your last chance.’

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