A TEENAGER steered himself into deep trouble when he stole a car, failed to keep it under control and crashed into a stationary police car.

Findlay McKay, 19, said to be of no fixed address in Annan, appeared at Dumfries Sheriff Court on a series of charges.

He admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner in Windermere Road, in Annan, on December 3 and pleaded guilty to breaking into premises at Eastriggs, stealing a safe, a money collection box and the contents of a tub containing money as well as stealing a vehicle there.

This led to him driving without a valid licence, using a car without insurance and driving dangerously in Eastriggs and Annan at excessive speeds before hitting the police car.

He also admitted driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

Fiscal depute Jennifer McGill told the court police were called following the threatening behaviour, but McKay had already made off.

Solicitor Ranald Lindsay said that McKay accepted that he had “crossed over the line” following the initial behaviour.

He had been angry and was unable to offer any explanation after that as he didn’t remember.

The solicitor added that since the events McKay had been in custody and had not enjoyed it and did not relish the idea of a further period of detention.

He suggested that a community payback order might be considered but added that if this was not in the sheriff’s mind he could only ask him to be as lenient as possible.

He was locked up for eight months and received a two year driving ban.