A teenager with no driving licence led police on a 12-mile-long high-speed chase along Scotland’s busiest motorway in a stolen car before crashing into a ditch.
Craig Breslin, 19, swerved between lanes, overtook vehicles and drove on the wrong side of the road, before writing the car off when he smashed through a crash barrier.
And he now faces being locked up after admitting his guilt over the incident at Paisley Sheriff Court.
Prosecutor David McDonald told the court the car was reported to police as being stolen from George Street, Paisley, in April 2019.
The following day officers in a marked police car were travelling behind it in Renfrew, near Glasgow, and decided to stop it “due to the manner of driving”.
But when officers activated the blue lights and sirens the teen failed to stop and headed towards Inchinnan.
Mr McDonald explained: “The police witnesses noted the vehicle to gather speed and continue on its journey.
“Police witnesses continued following the vehicle along Greenock Road, turning right onto Old Greenock Road, Inchinnan, where it cut through a bus lane failing to obey the no entry signs.
“The vehicle thereafter turned right onto Newshot Drive, Erskine, and then the A726 where again it continued to travel in excess of the speed limit overtaking vehicles, travelling on the wrong side of the road and swerving between lanes.
“The vehicle entered onto the M898 and thereafter M8 northbound heading towards Greenock continuing to drive in excess of the speed limit, overtaking vehicles and swerving between lanes.
“At this point further police witnesses were also now behind the vehicle.
“The motor vehicle continued at speeds in excess of 80 to 90 miles-per-hour, driving between lanes.
“It was still deemed safe to continue and the vehicle was pursued onto the A8 towards Greenock.
“At which point it came to a roundabout and took the third exit onto Parklea Road, Port Glasgow.
“The police witnesses followed the vehicle onto Parklea Road whereby as it turned right at the bottom of the junction lost control, collided with the Armco barrier, mounted the kerb and then collided directly with a lamp post and manhole coming to rest down a small ditch.”
Breslin, who was 17 at the time, and passenger Gordon Shankland, who was just 15, got out of the car and were detained by officers.
They were interviewed, charged and released on an undertaking to appear at court.
But less than 12 hours later a handbag containing keys for two cars and a credit card was stolen from a home in Inchinnan.
One of the cars had also been stolen, and Shankland was later caught on CCTV using the stolen credit card.
A few days later the pair and two others then assaulted and robbed a bus driver while they were getting off the McGill’s vehicle in Renfrew.
Breslin grabbed a bag containing cash and a mobile phone from him before Shankland punched him on the head.
And a few days later they stole the second car from the house in Inchinnan.
A witness saw them driving past with no lights on and the police were contacted.
A relative went looking for the car and gave chase after spotting it in the street, but Breslin and Shankland stopped and ran off.
They hid in a nearby field but gave themselves up when sniffer dogs were brought in to try and find them.
Breslin, of Govan, and Shankland, of Paisley, admitted their guilt over the offences last week.
Sentencing was deferred for background reports to be prepared and their bail was continued.