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‘No MOT’ motorist tried to escape police by driving up stairs

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A Cardenden man “panicked” when he saw a police car and drove up a pedestrian stairway to take a short cut into the next street.

Ryan Wotherspoon tried to “sneak” away because he did not have a MOT for his car, Dunfermline Sheriff Court was told.

Wotherspoon, 35, of Carden Castle Avenue, was appearing for sentencing.

He previously admitted that on March 30 last year on Cardenden Road, Cardenden, he drove a car dangerously, drove on the pavement, over a footpath and up a set of stairs.

Depute fiscal Louise Graham said police were on mobile patrol at 6.20am when they saw the vehicle being driven by Wotherspoon.

She went on: “They made to follow. He observed their presence and drove along Cardenden Road, took a left turn, mounted the pavement, traversed a footpath and then drove his vehicle up a set of stairs leading to Hyndloup Terrace.”

Wotherspoon was not traced at the time but his vehicle was found parked nearby.

Defence solicitor Jenny Simpson said her client was driving a few streets from his partner’s house to his home. “He saw the police and panicked because he didn’t have a MOT.

“He thought he had the opportunity to sneak away without them seeing him. He saw the steps and formed the opinion it was safe. He appreciates it was an extremely foolish decision.”

She admitted her client had “multiple road traffic convictions”.

Sheriff Charles Macnair wondered, “Didn’t he think police officers would see somebody driving up a set of stairs?”

He added it was no surprise officers would be looking to speak to Wotherspoon “considering he doesn’t seem to think a MOT certificate is necessary”.

The sheriff imposed a community payback order with 240 hours of unpaid work and disqualified Wotherspoon from driving for 12 months.

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