Scots teen accused of endangering farmers by driving car through field on drugs

A teenager is facing trial accused of endangering farm workers and damaging crops by careering through a field in a car – while on drink or drugs.

Josh Nisbet, 18, is said to have left the vehicle in question lodged in mud after driving erratically and speeding, and leaving it in gear with the engine running and accelerator down.

Nisbet is accused of committing a host of other offences, including stealing petrol for the vehicle and driving without a licence and insurance.

He pleaded not guilty to all 11 charges he faces when he appeared in the dock this week over the alleged rampage.

Prosecutors claim Nisbet, of Glasgow’s Govan area, stole fuel from a BP filling station in Paisley Road West, Glasgow, on Monday, July 12.

Nisbet is set to go on trial at Paisley Sheriff Court next year over the claims.

He is also accused of driving a car while “unfit to drive through drink or drugs” on the same date and driving without holding a licence.

It’s alleged he also drove without a valid insurance policy in place and drove “on to or upon any common land, moorland or land of any other description, not being land forming part of a road” at North Arkleston Farm, in Paisley, Renfrewshire.

He also faces a culpable and reckless conduct charge which states he did “drive in an erratic manner and at excessive speed whilst persons were working on said farmland and whereby crops were damaged, lose control of said motor vehicle, cause said motor vehicle to become lodged in mud, allow said motor vehicle to be left in a dangerous manner whilst in gear, with the engine running and the accelerator depressed” exposing those there “to the risk of injury”.

He also faces two charges of failing to tell police who was driving and failing to give his name and address to witnesses of an accident.

And he is also charged with not complying with breath and drug tests, to check whether he was drunk or under the influence of illegal substances at the time of the alleged offences.

Liam McMillan, 22, and a 17-year-old from the area, who can’t be named for legal reasons, have also been charged with the fuel theft.

When the trio appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court this week, all three men pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released on bail with standard conditions.

A trial has been set for March next year.

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