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Man jailed over 90mph chase as 'car luring' trial collapses

A man who led police on a 90mph chase down the A90 Dundee to Perth road has been jailed for 11 months.

Miguel Cover and two other men had gone on trial at Dundee Sheriff Court accused of driving around Dundee trying to lure a series of women into a car.

A sheriff ruled the trio had no case to answer in relation to those charges, but jailed Cover after he admitted driving dangerously during the chase.

Cover, 32, was also banned from driving for 18 months.

He went on trial alongside fellow Londoners Christopher Stevens, 23, and Michael Sandford, 25.

The details of the men and their car, a hired black Ford Galaxy people carrier, had been circulated by police on the evening of 9 January, and officers later located the vehicle on Riverside Drive.

'Profound contradictions'

The court heard that after it took off down the dual carriageway to Perth at 90mph, officers only caught up at St Madoes, 15 miles away.

After police tried to box the car in, it crashed while attempting to exit the dual carriageway at Kinfauns, with the driver and a passenger detained while trying to make off on foot.

Cover, Stevens and Sandford each faced five charges of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner likely to case fear and alarm on 9 and 10 January, in Dundee.

They were cleared of those charges after Sheriff George Way upheld a submission of no case to answer by their lawyers.

He said there were "profound" contradictions in evidence heard from women during the trial with regards to identification which "undermined the Crown case".

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