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Joyrider admits stealing and crashing funeral car

Court hears teenager stole limousine from funeral director's premises and crashed while avoiding police.

A 17-year-old joyrider has admitted stealing a funeral car and leading police on a high-speed chase before writing off the vehicle in a crash when he lost control.

Perth Sheriff Court hear how Sammy Townsley from Buckie stole the black Mercedes limousine from outside a funeral director's premises in Perth last Friday.  

The teenager, who does not have a driving licence, drove the vehicle in Isla Road, Perth, and on the A93 Perth to Blairgowrie road at excessive speed, repeatedly swerving onto the opposite carriageway while failing to stop for police officers. He lost control and hit a crash barrier and telegraph pole, injuring both himself and passenger   

The car was written off and Townsley and his passenger required treatment for their injuries 

Townsley also admitted driving without the proper licence, being the holder of a provisional licence, and without displaying L plates. He also admitted having no insurance. 

Townsley - who has been convicted of more than a dozen offences since turning 16 - had charges relating to break-ins shortly before the joyriding incident dropped as the result of a plea bargain. 

His previous convictions include robbery, assault, drink driving, breach of the peace, theft and attempting to steal cars.  

Townsley's lawyer asked the court to consider releasing him on bail prior to the preparation of community service and social background reports. 

However, Sheriff Robert McCreadie noted that Townsley had notched up eight convictions, covering 14 charges, since turning 16 in August 2007. 

He also noted that the latest conviction - which took place while Townsley was on bail - happened less than three weeks ago.

Townsley, who smirked and giggled as he stood in the dock, was remanded in custody until May 20. A Restriction of Liberty Order assessment was also called for upon him.

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