Handbrake turn lands forester in court

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A forestry worker spotted speeding through Oban, drove straight over a mini roundabout then handbrake turned, spinning his car by 180 degrees.

Dairis Pilsetnieks appeared before the town’s sheriff court last week admitting driving dangerously while disqualified with no insurance and having 31 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit being 22.

Just after 9pm on January 14 this year,  Pilsetnieks was followed by police who saw him driving at speed down 30mph Glengallon Road then driving over the top of a mini-roundabout. He then did a 180 degree handbrake turn outside Westcoast Motors in George Street.

‘Officers had seen enough, put their blue lights on and stopped him,’ said Procurator Fiscal David Glancy.

Right from the start Pilsetnieks told police he was disqualified from driving and was therefore uninsured. He was also smelling of drink, the court was told.

Deferring sentencing for reports until February 12, Sheriff Patrick Hughes allowed bail but warned the matter was so serious that prison was likely.