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Crash driver Gary Brown traced by DNA on windscreen

Gary Brown Image copyright Alan Richardson
Image caption Gary Brown ran off after crashing the car

A driver was traced by DNA from tufts of his hair embedded in a windscreen six months after crashing a car into a wall, a court has heard.

Gary Brown took his friend's car without permission in Arbroath on New Year's Day 2015 before hitting a lamppost and wall and running off.

He admitted a series of driving charges during an appearance at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Brown, 26, from Arbroath, will be sentenced on 15 November.

Depute fiscal Nicola Gillespie told the court that Brown had gone back to the car owner's house after the two men had been out drinking in Arbroath for Hogmany.

She said: "The complainer was heavily intoxicated and doesn't remember much else.

"Around 04:00 that morning police received an emergency call about a car being driven erratically.

"The car was seen to mount a pavement and the driver had little or no control.

"The car turned left into Tarry Road then collided with a boundary wall."

Miss Gillespie said Brown spoke to a witness before running away.

She said: "Police attended and a forensic examination took place finding tufts of hair in the cracked windscreen, which appeared to have been headbutted by the driver upon impact, and under the dashboard.

"The accused was traced at home on 29 June due to forensic analysis.

"He denied driving the vehicle."

Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence for reports and released Brown on bail.

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