A teenager who stole a collector’s car and crashed into a wall caused potentially £20,000 in damages.

The 17-year-old collided into the property in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, on 13th March 2023.

The boy had taken the classic Subaru Impreza WRX earlier that day and drove at speed with it.

He also drove on the wrong side of the road as he travelled through Glasgow, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

The boy attempted a “dangerous manoeuvre” which almost hit a police car.

He then went on to collide with the wall of a property which was made with a special type of rock.

The accused pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to dangerous driving.

He also admitted to stealing the car whose model was made famous by World Rally Championship Driver Colin McRae in the 1990s.

The boy further pled guilty to driving without insurance.

The court heard that the car owner heard the engine of the vehicle and went to investigate.

The owner watched the car drive off from their home in Glasgow’s Pollok.

Police were contacted and observed the vehicle driving on Nitshill Road around 1.20am.

Officers followed the vehicle as it went on the wrong side of the road in Barrhead.

Prosecutor Lauren Aitchison said: “As it turned into a cul-de-sac it did a dangerous manoeuvre and it almost collided with the police vehicle as well as other parked cars.”

A passenger in the vehicle momentarily got out before the boy continued to drive on.

Miss Aitchison went on: “He drove off and mounted a pavement.

“Police continued to follow the vehicle in order to stop it.

“Ultimately, the vehicle came to a stop after it collided with a wall at a residential property.”

The boy was arrested.

The fiscal depute stated that the owner of the wall has been in extensive contact with her office.

Miss Aitchison claimed that the owners believe the wall is valued between £20-30,000 though no vouching has been given.

She said that the high value is “because of the type of bricks and rocks that have been used in the wall.”

Haroun Malik, defending, told the court: “He deeply regrets his actions.

“Actions such as this have serious consequences.

“He is fortunate there were no injuries or something more serious occurring.”

Sentence was deferred, yesterday to the youth court next month by Sheriff Owen Mullan.

By Connor Gordon

Renfrewshire News Court Reporter

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