A serial car criminal and member of a gang of prolific thieves has admitted carrying out a string of new offences including driving a stolen motor dangerously around Aberdeen.
Jordan Chesser narrowly avoided being locked up last year after he was caught racing a stolen Range Rover Sport around the city in the company of notorious car thief Liam Smith.
Yesterday the 17-year-old appeared back in the dock at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, facing a total of 27 new offences.
Chesser admitted carrying out 14 of the crimes and the Crown accepted his not guilty pleas to the others.
The spree started on January 15 last year when the teenager stole £60 worth of diesel from the BP garage on King Street in the city.
Less than month later he was caught with stolen cars on three occasions.
Chesser admitted resetting a red Seat Ibiza on February 5 last year, a red Vauxhall Corsa Energy between February 6 and 7, and an aluminium Toyota Yaris on February 9.
He further admitted driving the Yaris dangerously on February 9 when he was not old enough to hold a licence.
He drove down Clifton Road, without any insurance, and overtook a police car at speeds of more than 70 mph.
The court heard that during the incident Chesser swerved across the carriageway, narrowly avoiding a collision with a car travelling in the opposite direction.
Fiscal depute Elaine Ward said the officers inside the police car were able to identify Chesser through the window of the stolen vehicle, however he was soon lost from sight as he sped away from them.
Police later found Chesser, who describes himself as the thief of the north-east on his social media account, hiding under a bed at his house at 10 Ashgrove Gardens.
He lashed out at the arresting officers and acted in a threatening and abusive manner by repeatedly making homophobic remarks towards them.
Chesser also admitted allowing himself to be carried in a stolen car, failing to identify the driver of a car to police officers, driving a car without the owner’s consent and without a licence or insurance, as well as breaching a curfew he had been placed under.
Sheriff William Summers deferred sentence on the repeat offender for background reports to be carried out into his character.
Chesser was remanded in custody and will be sentenced next month.