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Brothers Gary and Thomas Cummings jailed after truck pursuit

Two brothers who stole a seven-tonne tipper truck before crashing it into a police car have been jailed.

Gary and Thomas Cummings, aged 24 and 27, drove the truck through Dundee while being pursued by seven police units on Wednesday.

The pair, who were drunk at the time, were eventually caught after a 35-mile trip.

Sheriff Kenneth McGowan jailed Gary Cummings for 10 months, while Thomas Cummings was jailed for six months.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard that the pair spotted the Isuzu truck idling at Websters Building Supplies in Milnathort, Perthshire.

'Under the influence'

The driver had left the engine running to let the cab warm up before going on his delivery runs.

The pair drove 35 miles through several areas of Dundee.

The escapade came to an end when police ordered Gary Cummings, who was driving, to stop and he deliberately ploughed the vehicle into a police car.

Both men then ran off - but were caught shortly afterwards.

Fiscal depute Beverley Adam told the court: "Gary Cummings was caught and detained and it became clear he was under the influence of something.

"He was later seen slumped in the back of the police vehicle and was clearly struggling to stay awake.

"He admitted to taking a £10 bag of heroin one or two hours earlier.

"When interviewed he admitted taking the vehicle but couldn't remember where from because he was drunk."

Gary Cummings, 24, of Gleneagles Drive, Dundee, and Thomas Cummings, 27, of Low Street, Perth, both pleaded guilty to taking the lorry, and a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Gary Cummings further admitted charges of driving while unfit through drink or drugs, failing to stop for police and driving dangerously by intentionally driving the lorry into a police car.

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