A sheriff granted a man convicted of dangerous driving his Christmas wish by locking him up for the festive period.
Steven Cameron will await sentence from behind bars after he pled guilty to striking a police officer and colliding with a police vehicle on Forfar Road, Dundee, on June 2.
Cameron, of Uist Terrace, Dundee, refused the offer of bail and opted to be remanded in custody until sentencing.
He admitted driving a car dangerously by reversing at excessive speed in close proximity to other vehicles before colliding with PC Peter Fraser, and driving at excessive speed while leaving a garage forecourt, causing another vehicle to take evasive action.
Cameron also admitted colliding with a marked police car, causing damage to both vehicles, driving at excessive speed in a damaged vehicle and having no insurance.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard police had been made aware of a car being driven without the relevant documentation.
Depute fiscal Joanne Smith said officers saw Cameron driving at excessive speed near Forfar Road.
She said: “The accused continued to travel on to Forfar Road and police saw the car stationary at a service station.
“The police stopped and positioned their vehicle across the exit of the station. Constable Fraser got out of the car and shouted at the accused to stop.
“He reversed at speed before driving the car forward and around Constable Fraser, striking him with the front of the vehicle.”
The court that PC Fraser was not injured, but Cameron drove out of the forecourt at speed – causing another motorist to take action to avoid him – and his car was later traced engulfed in flames in a field.
Warning Cameron that custody was an option, Sheriff Alistair Carmichael said he could avoid a jail sentence pending the outcome of reports.
Cameron opted to be remanded, and sentence was deferred until January 10 for social work reports and a restriction of liberty order assessment.