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Driver banned after undertaking unmarked police car on hard shoulder

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Image caption The officers were travelling in unmarked cars

A speeding driver was caught after undertaking an unmarked police car on the hard shoulder without realising it, a court has heard.

Kris Scott's car kicked up gravel, which hit and cracked the officers' windscreen, during the manoeuvre.

The 30-year-old, from Edinburgh, also undertook a second unmarked car which was full of detectives.

He admitted driving dangerously on the M90 between Inverkeithing and Perth and was banned from driving for 18 months.

The sheriff also ordered him to carry out 225 hours unpaid work in the community.

'Dangerously close'

Perth Sheriff Court heard Scott was unaware the police officers were watching his impatient driving as he undertook on the inside lane and hard shoulder in his Honda Civic.

Fiscal depute Craig Donald said: "Detective constables were travelling on the M90. Their attention was drawn by the accused's car behind them approaching at speed.

"It was in dangerously close proximity to their vehicle. It undertook them and accelerated hard. Then it undertook another vehicle using the hard shoulder.

"That caused a significant amount of stone chippings and road debris to kick up. That struck the police vehicle windscreen and caused a chip."

Solicitor Jenny Strachan, defending, said: "He [Scott] was driving a female friend to Perth Royal Infirmary. She had just received information that her father had suffered a stroke."

Sheriff Gillian Wade said: "It's just by good fortune that no-one was injured, but a police vehicle was damaged. That shows the potential for injury and damage. You cannot drive like that."

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