High revs prove costly

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Revving his engine and spinning the wheels in front of two police constables cost a Campbeltown driver a fine of £250 and four points on his licence.

That was the sentence given by Justice of the Peace Margaret McDowall after she pronounced a guilty verdict on Bradley Callum McMillan at court on Monday.

Earlier McMillan, 20, of 148 Davaar Avenue had pleaded not guilty to driving his Fiat Abarth 500 without due care and attention and not having consideration for other people.

The two constables gave evidence during the trial at Campbeltown JP court.

Both were aware of McMillan spinning the wheels. One officer said he had not seen them spin but had heard the sound as the tyres struggled for grip, the other saw the wheels spin.

PC Connor MacAulay, 25, with three years service and a police response driver, said: ‘As he came down Main Street he dropped a gear. There was no reason to downshift and accelerate away.

‘The engine noise was similar to a Formula One car pulling away.

‘He went down Hall Street to the roundabout and back towards us.

‘I stood in the road with my hand up. McMillan pulled over and I explained his lack of control could have killed someone at the side of the road.’

McMillan was not charged at the time as an unrelated matter took the officers’ attention but he was asked to report to the police office the next morning.

McMillan’s defence solicitor, Derek Buchanan, suggested that the officers saw a ‘young boy in a sporty wee car and thought they would tell him who is the boss.’

During summing up Mr Buchanan highlighted that only one officer had seen the wheels spinning and one had said McMillan’s car backfire while the other never mentioned that fact.

Mrs McDowall said: ‘The evidence is credible and both officers spoke clearly about the incident.’