A teenage driver who led police on a high-speed chase with a young passenger in the back of his friend’s car has been banned from the road.
Adam Gall, 18, of Fotheringham Drive, Monifieth, previously admitted that on July 27, he drove round corners in residential streets in excess of 50mph, failed to stop or give way at junctions, and failed to stop when police required him to do so.
At Dundee Sheriff Court, Gall was fined, disqualified from driving and ordered to take another test before getting behind the wheel of a car again.
Sheriff Scott Pattinson told him: “I hope you never see the inside of a court again. Your standard of driving was deplorable.”
Fiscal depute Trina Sinclair told the court that police officers were stopped at traffic lights in Victoria Road behind the accused’s vehicle. She said Gall moved off at speed with his wheels spinning while the traffic lights were still at red.
As he reached the junction with Dens Road, officers activated their vehicle’s blue lights and siren, but Gall was lost to view when he turned into Dens Road.
He was seen to turn into Main Street and then led the officers on a high-speed chase — travelling at more than 50mph along Caldrum Street and Thistle Street before heading down Mains Road, back on to Dens Road and then left into Canning Street.
There, Gall was met by an oncoming police car and tried to do a three-point turn.
However, he was stuck, as a police car was immediately behind him.
He was removed from the vehicle and it was discovered that there was a youngster in the rear of the car.
Solicitor John Boyle told the court that Gall had been given a loan of the car by a friend.
He said: “It was an isolated incident. He saw the police officers and when they indicated to him to stop, he panicked.
“His family are extremely embarrassed and disapproving of this.”
Sheriff Pattison fined Gall £800 and disqualified him from driving for 15 months.
Gall was also ordered to pass the extended driving test before he takes to the road again.