AN UNINSURED teenage driver led police on a 12-mile jaunt through northern Fife — then forced motorists to take evasive action as he performed a dangerous overtake.
Bryan Laird, 18, from Forfar, made off from Cupar and didn’t stop until he had reached the Tay Road Bridge.
Along the way, he almost collided with other vehicles in a saga which was branded “dangerous” in court.
Laird, of Yeaman Street, has now been banned from driving.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard that Laird was spotted by police driving a car which had no insurance at Bank Street, Cupar, at about 6pm on April 23.
Fiscal depute Joanne Smith said: “Officers followed the accused a short distance in a police vehicle.
“He stopped at a footpath in such a way police thought was unsafe.
“Officers approached his vehicle but the accused drove off.”
Laird then drove along the A92 towards the Tay Road Bridge, followed by police. The fiscal continued: “There is no suggestion that he exceeded the speed limit at any point.
“He approached the Wormit junction and overtook vehicles while approaching a blind bend.
“The manoeuvre forced him to brake and other drivers also had to brake sharply to avoid a collision.”
All traffic was then brought to a halt and police approached and spoke to Laird.
He admitted having no insurance or a driving licence and said: “I just like driving.”
Laird admitted driving a car dangerously by failing to comply with traffic signs and overtaking on a blind bend when it was unsafe to do so, causing other drivers to take evasive action to avoid a collision, at Bank Street, Cupar, and the A92 Tay Road Bridge roundabout, Fife, on April 23.
He also admitted driving without insurance and driving without a licence, at the same locations and on the same date. Sheriff Alastair Brown said: “This appears to be a gross misconduct which could’ve caused serious injury, for which no compensation would’ve been offered because he has no insurance.”
Sentence was deferred until June 10 for reports and Laird was disqualified meantime.