Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Teen given detention for taxi driver attacks

Edinburgh Sheriff Court

A teenager, who attacked two taxi drivers and was in a car chase between Musselburgh and Edinburgh, has been sent to detention for 14 months.

Arran Reid, 18, had pleaded guilty to two charges of assault, failing to pay a taxi fare, smashing a taxi window and driving without insurance.

He also pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, stealing a car, and dangerous driving.

The offences happened between 18 January and February 23 this year.

Reid, a prisoner in Polmont Brightons, made the offences while he had been given bail from 4 October 2016.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court earlier, defence solicitor, David Storrie, said his client "was well aware that his behaviour had been outrageous and unacceptable" and he was realistic of the disposal.

He added Reid had been taking alcohol and Diazepam and mixing with an anti-social peer group. He admitted that Reid had a number of previous convictions.

Sheriff Nigel Ross told Reid that one of the drivers had written that the incident had left him in fear of working and did not trust people.

He was losing money and such feelings would last for a long time.

Detaining Reid for 14 months, disqualifying him from driving for two years, Sheriff Ross also placed him on a Supervised Release Order for seven months and warned him: "Your card is marked. If you come back here again you are looking at years."

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