A man who drove along streets in Dundee so fast there was smoke coming off his tyres was disqualified from driving for three years on Thursday.
James Duncan, 25, of Pitkerro Drive, was also ordered to complete 135 hours of unpaid work and placed on a two-month curfew after admitting dangerous driving at Dundee Sheriff Court.
The court heard Duncan was being chased by police as he raced along residential roads.
Fiscal depute Trina Sinclair said it was shortly after midnight on April 11 at Hilltown Terrace when Duncan’s dangerous driving was first spotted.
The fiscal said: “A witness saw the accused get into a vehicle and turn it. It swerved and mounted the kerb, narrowly missing colliding with metal railings.
“Whilst doing that the car rolled back a significant distance.”
As Duncan drove off the witness contacted police.
The fiscal continued: “Around 10 minutes later, police saw the vehicle the accused was driving on Alexander Street and followed it, activating their blue lights.
“The accused accelerated harshly away from police and turned onto Dens Road at more than 60mph.”
Police then saw the accused on Arthurstone Terrace and saw “smoke coming off the tyres” of his vehicle. He then failed to slow down and give way at a junction and turned onto Erskine Street and drove along it in the wrong direction.
Officers witnessed Duncan hit the kerb, brake harshly, then accelerate away. The vehicle was traced a short time later with no one inside. Duncan was found hiding in a garden nearby.
Solicitor Scott Norrie previously told the court Duncan was taking Class A drugs around the time of the incident, and that he had been asked to move the car to clear off part of a drug debt.
Duncan admitted driving dangerously, and driving without a licence or insurance at a number of streets within Dundee on April 11.
Duncan was also placed under one year’s supervision, and a restriction of liberty order confining him to his home address between 7pm and 7am daily for two months.