An HGV driver undertook an unmarked police car before slamming on his brakes in front of it on Scotland’s most dangerous road.
Piotr Soltys was at the wheel of his car when he carried out the hazardous manoeuvre on the A9.
Officers noticed the 32-year-old approaching behind their vehicle and flashing his headlights.
He then overtook them in the inside lane before carrying out the “brake checking” manoeuvre.
At Perth Sheriff Court the Polish national admitted dangerous driving.
Fiscal depute Carol Whyte told the court: “At 9.35am police officers were in an unmarked car travelling south on the A9.
“There was slower moving traffic in the inside lane so they had moved into the outside lane to overtake.
“The accused was seen approaching the rear of the police vehicle. He was flashing his headlights at them. He moved into the inside lane and undertook them.
“He then returned to the outside lane in front of the police vehicle and appeared to brake. The police officers had to brake suddenly to avoid a collision.”
Solicitor Billy Somerville, representing Soltys, said his client had been driving in the UK for seven years.
He said: “He was in a hurry to get to the airport he accepts he was impatient.
“He should not have done what he did. He’s an HGV driver and realises he will lose his licence.”
He added that Soltys has a wife and two children in Poland and regularly sends money to them.
Soltys, of Craig Rossie View, Crieff, pled guilty to driving dangerously on the A9 Stirling to Perth road, near the Balhaldie services, on November 5 last year.
He drove in close proximity to the rear of the unmarked police car, indicated with his lights, undertook before driving into the path of the police vehicle and braking, causing the officers to take evasive action to avoid hitting his car.
Sheriff Christopher Shead fined Soltys £500, banned him from the roads for a year and ordered him to resit the extended driving test.