A serial driving offender has been banned for eight years after narrowly missing pedestrians and driving the wrong way around a roundabout as he led police on a chase in the city centre.
Liam Bandoo, aged 30, had two women in the vehicle with him when he tried to escape the attentions of officers in an unmarked car on March 8 this year.
He squeezed past pedestrians and forced other cars to take evasive action on the chase.
Fiscal depute Marie Irvine told Aberdeen Sheriff Court: “At 1.33am, constables were travelling in an undercover vehicle on Regent Walk. Members of the public were talking and walking along the road.
“The officers had concerns with how the vehicle was being driven. Two females were in the passenger seats.
“Officers made it known to the accused that they wanted him to stop by flashing their blue lights, but he accelerated to speed along Regent Walk towards Dunbar Street.
“Members of the public were walking along and there were other vehicles, but he drove extremely close to them to try and avoid the police vehicle.
“He drove onto Dunbar Street and continued with excessive speed, despite there being a 10mph speed limit.
“He then approached a roundabout and was seen driving round it in the opposite direction.
“He arrived on St Machar Street and forced two vehicles into evasive action and continued to make police chase the vehicle.”
Bandoo, of Froghall Avenue, Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to driving at excessive speed, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and failing to stop.
Defence agent Ian McGregor said: “He does have previous road traffic convictions and has served a previous sentence of imprisonment.”
Sheriff Malcolm Garden told Bandoo: “You put members of the public at risk.”
Bandoo was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment and banned from driving for eight years.