A serious road accident victim has admitted throwing a bottle and brick at passing vehicles on one of Tayside’s busiest roads.
Police were called after a worried motorist saw 35-year-old Gavin Ross standing in the central reservation of the Dundee to Aberdeen A90 near the Tealing junction just a few days before Christmas.
The accused, who was badly hurt after being knocked down by a lorry as a teenager, then kicked out at passing traffic before walking off against the flow of northbound vehicles.
At Forfar Sheriff Court, Ross, of Dalziel Place, Tealing, pleaded guilty to culpably and recklessly throwing various items at moving vehicles on the A90, stepping into the roadway and kicking out at vehicles whereby they were to take sudden evasive action, causing danger to other road users.
Depute fiscal Kirsten Thomson said a driver approaching the junction saw Ross with a clear plastic bottle around midday which he motioned to throw at two passing vehicles.
“He then threw it at a passing car, striking the offside of the vehicle,” added the depute fiscal.
Ross then repeatedly stepped into both carriageways, kicking out at passing traffic before picking up a half brick which he again motioned to throw, before launching it at a lorry and striking its offside.
The court was told Ross then started walking off against the traffic on the northbound carriageway before being arrested.
He initially appeared in private at Forfar before the matter was reduced to summary proceedings, but has been warned by a sheriff that he may be facing prison.
Defence solicitor Nick Markowski revealed what he described as the “significant background” to the incident of Ross having been hit by a lorry when he was 18, suffering serious brain injuries.
“He committed this offence under the influence of alcohol. He has a general anger towards lorries and a passing vehicle was the catalyst for this.”
Deferring sentence for a month for the preparation of a criminal justice social inquiry report, Sheriff Gregor Murray told Ross: “While I understand and can accept that there are medical reasons that might underlay this, you are still in serious trouble.
“At the moment there is clearly only one sentence at the front of my mind.”