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Banned Dundee motorist, 22, led police on high-speed chase then drove over Caird Park golf course

Banned Dundee motorist, 22, led police on high-speed chase then drove over Caird Park golf course

A disqualified driver took police on a high-speed chase before driving into Caird Park, over the grass and golf course, crashing into a dog and then spinning his car.

Robert Fleming, 22, had been pursued by police with flashing blue lights and sirens through a number of Dundee streets on Monday.

He had first been spotted driving a black Volkswagen Passat in Harestane Road at 5.50pm, but officers lost sight of him, Dundee Sheriff Court heard. He was seen again 15 minutes later but ignored police instructions to stop.

Officers on patrol then saw Fleming’s car in Macalpine Road. When he noticed the police he accelerated off towards the Kingsway junction, moving into the opposing lane to pass vehicles.

The court heard that police activated their blue lights and pursued Fleming at speeds of more than 60mph.

The chase continued along the Kingsway, past Strathmartine Road and Old Glamis Road. He then turned into Caird Park.

In the park, he struck a man’s dog — which ran off — before he was brought to a halt when police performed a pursuit tactic and forced his vehicle into a spin.

Fleming, of Happyhillock Road, emerged from the vehicle and was quickly detained.

He admitted three charges under the Road Traffic Act, of driving dangerously, while disqualified and without insurance.

Sentence was deferred until July 25 for reports and he was remanded meantime.

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