Teenager admits Arbroath joyride

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A teenager has pleaded guilty to stealing a car in Arbroath and taking it on a dangerous joyride through residential areas before crashing it in Dundee.

The teenager, who was 16 at the time, and cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in Dundee Sheriff Court today (Monday) charged with taking a Ford Galaxy car from Victoria Park, Kings Drive, on September 30, 2015.

He made his way to Dundee before ignoring uniformed PCs Paul Haigh, Jamie Hays and Rory Fairbairn who ordered him to stop in the city’s Douglas Road.

The court heard that on Douglas Road, Longtown Road, Fintry Road, Fintry Drive and Fountainbleau Drive the boy “drove dangerously and in an erratic manner”.

Prosecutors say he repeatedly hit the kerb, mounted the central reservation and drove in the wrong direction on the opposing carriageway.

He then went round a roundabout the wrong way before smashing into a parked car in Fountainbleau Drive.

The boy, now aged 17, of Aberdeen, pleaded guilty on summary complaint to charges of dangerous driving, theft, failing to stop when required to do so, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

Sentence was deferred in the case until May 26 for social work background reports.