A DRUNK man stole a six-tonne dumper truck from an Edinburgh builder’s yard and then drove it on one of Scotland’s busiest motorways.
The truck, with a top speed of 12mph, was taken by Joseph Kelly so he could drive back to his home 30 miles away in Stirling.
But Kelly’s morning joyride - while he was well over double the alcohol limit - quickly attracted the attention of commuters on the M90 motorway.
Perth Sheriff Court heard how Kelly had already driven around 20 miles in the massive dumper truck before he was eventually stopped and arrested by police.
At Perth Sheriff Court, Kelly, 25, was banned from driving on an interim basis after admitting a series of offences, including driving with a provisional licence and no insurance.
He had clambered into a building site in Coates Crescent and drove off after finding the keys in the truck.
Fiscal depute John Malpass told the court: “At 7.30am police were contacted in relation to a vehicle being driven erratically on the M90 motorway heading north.
“Officers from Kinross attended and searched for the vehicle. They observed it on Station Road in Kinross and stopped it.
“They spoke to the accused and during that they detected a strong smell of alcohol from his breath. It was a dumper truck he was driving.
“It’s a white and blue six tonne Benford make dumper truck. It has a large dumper shovel on the front and a cabin at the rear.
“It is a hire vehicle. It is for use on and around a building site and is not really designed for use on the roads.”
Solicitor Frazer McCready, defending, said: “There is very little I can add by way of mitigation. He has never held a full driving licence.
“He has never sat and passed his test. It was not his vehicle and was not covered by any insurance policy. He came into possession of the vehicle when he had been out drinking.
“It was his intention to get home in the vehicle to Stirling where he had received a call to say one of his children was not particularly well.
“He thought it was a good idea at the time to attempt to go home to Stirling in this vehicle and that is why he was driving it.
“He had been visiting his brother in Edinburgh and had been drinking heavily. He had fallen out with his brother, and round about the same time had received the telephone call.”
Sheriff William Wood said: “This was potentially an extremely dangerous situation and one for which you have to take responsibility.
“The fact you were driving a vehicle you weren’t qualified to drive was very dangerous and a matter for considerable concern.”
He deferred sentence on Kelly for the preparation of social work and restriction of liberty order reports and banned him from driving in the meantime.