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Man drove car at his father and led police on 70mph chase

Colin Simpson, 24, was caught racing through busy residential streets in Dundee.

Court: Driving was 'outrageous'.
Court: Driving was 'outrageous'.

A man who drove his car towards his father before leading police on a high-speed chase has been jailed for 13 months.

Colin Simpson, 24, hit speeds of up to 70mph in busy residential streets, after forcing his father to dive out of the way of his car.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard Simpson had spotted Colin Simpson Sr walking on the footpath in Dundee's Clepington Road.

At the time he had been involved in a row with his father.

The court heard Simpson drove a red Renault Laguna estate, screeching the tyres and rounding a roundabout at speed.

He then drove back towards his father in excess of the 30mph speed limit before mounting the kerb of the pavement Mr Simpson Sr was walking on.

'Your manner of driving was outrageous.'
Sheriff Alastair Brown

Fiscal depute Charmaine Gilmartin said Simpson's father had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck.

She said: "This incident occurred at 1.25pm.

"The accused's vehicle came to a gradual halt ending half on the pavement and half on the road, Mr Simpson Sr tried to open the passenger door of the accused's vehicle however the accused carried out a full U-turn into oncoming traffic at speed and exited the roundabout, heading towards Old Glamis Road."

His father contacted the police, the fiscal said.

Mrs Gilmartin added: "At 1.35pm, two police officers were on mobile patrol on Kirkton Crescent, approaching the junction with Derwent Avenue.

"They saw the accused driving a red Renault Laguna estate car at speed on Derwent Avenue, turning right on to Kirkton Crescent on the opposing lane, narrowly avoiding the marked police car.

"The constables immediately activated the emergency lights and sirens and carried out a u-turn in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

"The accused drove off at speed, failing to stop, turning right on to Kirkton Avenue, left on to Haldane Terrace and building up to speeds in excess of 70mph, failing to stop at the give way at Haldane Avenue and proceeding into Haldane Terrace where he was lost to view."

'This was a course of selfish, self centred and dangerous driving that put members of the public at risk.'
Sheriff Alastair Brown

She said police then gave up the pursuit immediately due to the excessive speed, dangerous driving and the fact there were a number of pedestrians, vehicles and a local primary school nearby.

Simpson, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of dangerous driving committed on October 6, 2016 at various streets in Dundee.

Defence solicitor Paul Parker Smith said there had been a rift in the family because of the allegation against Simpson's father, which proved to be false, was withdrawn and acknowledged to be baseless by his accuser.

He said the accused drove towards him to "make a point".

Mr Parker Smith added: "The point was made and he drove off.

"It was not an attempt to strike his father, and he has pled guilty to dangerous driving.

"He stopped the car and shouted abuse at his father."

He told the court the accused had driven dangerously because he saw the police and took off.

Sheriff Alastair Brown jailed Simpson for 13 months, banned him from driving for three years and ordered him to sit the extended driving test before he gets his licence back.

He said: "This was a course of selfish, self centred and dangerous driving that put members of the public at risk.

"You put your father at risk, then drove off at grossly excessive speed and it was pure good fortune that no members of the public were in your way.

"They could have been badly injured on killed. Your manner of driving was outrageous."

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