Tayside and Central Scotland

Man caught with car engine on minutes after driving ban

A man spent a night in the cells after he walked out of court upon receiving a driving ban and got into his car.

Hassan Afzal was disqualified from driving for 56 days at Perth's Justice of the Peace court after admitting speeding at 104mph.

Immediately after leaving court police saw him get into his Vauxhall Astra and start the engine.

Although the 27-year-old spent the night in the cells, prosecutors decided not to pursue a fresh case against him.

Afzal's car was towed away from the court a short time after officers saw him getting into it on CCTV and stepped in to remove the keys from the ignition.

Police Scotland confirmed that he had been charged in relation to a road traffic incident and was expected to appear at Perth Sheriff Court.

But the Crown Office confirmed a short time later that Afzal - who had spent the night in custody at Perth Police station - had been cleared of any further offence.

'Insufficient evidence'

A spokesman said: "The Procurator Fiscal at Perth received a report concerning a 27-year-old male in connection with an alleged incident on 25 March 2014.

"Having carefully considered all the circumstances, the Procurator Fiscal decided that there was insufficient evidence to raise criminal proceedings at this time."

Afzal, of Cortachy Place, Glenrothes, had appeared in the dock at Perth's Justice of the Peace court on Tuesday and admitted driving at 104mph on the M90 Perth to Inverkeithing motorway.

JP Allan Robertson told Afzal that a period of disqualification was inevitable because of the high speed involved and fined him £540 in addition to the ban.

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