Po­lice chase af­ter car re­ported stolen

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Court re­porter

A me­chanic was pur­sued by po­lice in a car bear­ing a“For Sale”sign af­ter it was re­ported stolen from Perth’s Dunkeld Road.

Of­fi­cers thought they had cor­nered 29-year-old Michael Davies af­ter he stopped for petrol at a garage near Dun­blane.

They drove their ve­hi­cle in front of his but he man­aged to re­verse and speed off, fol­lowed by of­fi­cers who had ac­ti­vated their blue flash­ing light.

He turned onto a nearby ser­vice road and pulled up in the grounds of a farm be­fore ex­it­ing the ve­hi­cle and run­ning off.

But he was later ap­pre­hended around 12.30am, Perth Sher­iff Court was told.

Davies, of Ar­doch Street, Glas­gow, paid the penalty when he was dis­qual­i­fied for 21 months and or­dered to com­plete 180 hours of un­paid work.

He will also be su­per­vised by a so­cial worker for 18 months af­ter he ad­mit­ted re­set­ting the ve­hi­cle in Dunkeld Road on June 17 last year. He had orig­i­nally been charged with steal­ing the car. He also drove while banned and with­out in­sur­ance - and failed to stop when re­quested by two uni­formed po­lice of­fi­cers.

De­pute fis­cal Rob­bie Brown said the ve­hi­cle was re­ported stolen by a mem­ber of the pub­lic about 10.45pm and po­lice were alerted.

It was later spot­ted at Bal­haldie Fill­ing Sta­tion but he ac­cel­er­ated away be­fore aban­don­ing the car nearby.

“There was a‘for sale’sign on it - and it had a smashed win­dow,”he ex­plained.

Solic­i­tor Paul Ralph said the ac­cused had given an ex­pla­na­tion for the in­ci­dent which was con­tained in a back­ground re­port.

Sher­iff Wade said the of­fences could have at­tracted a cus­to­dial sen­tence but given the ac­cused’s“lack of re­cent record”she im­posed the Com­mu­nity Pay­back Or­der as a di­rect al­ter­na­tive.

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