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Man jailed for stolen Aberdeen bus joyride

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A man who admitted stealing a bus and driving dangerously through Aberdeen while on drugs has been jailed for 33 months.

Hans Reid, 26, took the Stagecoach vehicle from Aberdeen Bus Station in May and was pursued by police.

It mounted pavements, struck parked vehicles, and other drivers had to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

Reid previously admitted various charges at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

He was also banned from driving for five years.

Little recollection

Reid had intended to catch a bus to Aboyne as a passenger but saw the keys in the ignition.

He drove in the middle of the road to stop police overtaking him, and through red traffic light signals.

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Image caption The incident happened back in May

Defence lawyer Gail Goodfellow said her client had learned to drive large agricultural vehicles while working on estates and farms after leaving school at the age of 15.

Reid stole the bus the day after he was released from serving a custodial sentence.

Ms Goodfellow said he had very little recollection of the events, adding that his behaviour that day had given him a "fright".

'Particularly dangerous'

She said: "Mr Reid is thoroughly ashamed and embarrassed by his conduct and he recognises that it was very fortunate that no-one was seriously injured.

"There is no doubt that these offences would not have been committed if he was not under the influence of drugs."

Police Scotland said it was a "particularly dangerous course of action".

A spokeswoman for Stagecoach North Scotland said: "Fortunately nobody was injured as a result of this incident."

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