A learner driver who decided to get behind the wheel on his own and go for a spin has been banned.
When he was stopped by police, Brian Duncan gave a false name, that of his boyfriend.
Duncan, 38, of High Street, Cowdenbeath, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.
He admitted that on February 27 on the B981 Crossgates to Inverkeithing road he drove as a provisional licence holder when not accompanied by a qualified driver and not displaying ‘L’ plates. He also drove without insurance.
Duncan also admitted that he pretended to police officers that he was David McIlreavy, in order to avoid arrest and attempted to pervert the course of justice.
Duncan told officers he did not have his driving documents with him and they became suspicious when he hesitated when asked to spell his name.
He was then unsure what age he was and the date of birth given did not match up with his appearance.
Despite their suspicions the officers allowed Duncan to continue on his journey. However, he later went to the police station after speaking to the man named.
Defence solicitor Fraser Napier said: “He simply panicked at the time..”
“Why was he driving in the first place?” asked Sheriff Alastair Brown.
“He’d been told by his driving instructor he was ready to sit his test. He decided to go out and practise,” the solicitor said.
Sheriff Brown deferred sentence until November 27 and imposed a temporary driving ban until then.