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Drunken driver's joyride in digger.


A LEARNER driver stole a digger from his work and took it on a drunken joyride.

Norman McLeod tricked the night watchman at Errol Brickworks into giving him the pounds 28,000 Caterpillar's keys.

He then drove past, shouting "I'm off for a spin", and said he was heading up the dual carriageway.

McLeod, who was nearly four times the legal limit, steered the vehicle through Errol, Perthshire.

Police caught up with him when he took it back to the yard, Perth Sheriff Court heard.

Dawn Samson, prosecuting, said: "The accused told the night watchman he required to get medication from the digger.

"The witness gave him the keys then became aware the accused was driving the digger. He joked that he was going to take it for a spin to Dundee or Perth."

McLeod was sacked after his joyride earlier this month.

He admitted drink driving, driving without a licence or insurance, and taking the digger.

Mike Tavendale, defending, said the 38-year-old dad of two took pills for anxiety and claustrophobia.

McLeod had gone to the brickyard to collect them after a row with his fiancee at their home in Perth.

Mr Tavendale said: "He drove the digger a short distance on to the public road then he realised what he was doing and returned."

Sheriff Robert McCreadie imposed an interim ban and deferred sentence until next month.


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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 20, 2006
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