Jealous teenager drove at rival

A STRANRAER teenager who terrified his alleged love rival when he drove directly at him was jailed for six months at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Mark McCrae, 18, who appeared from custody at Polmont Prison, admitted assaulting Andrew Broadfoot in Cairnryan Road on March 16 by driving at him and mounting a pavement, all to the danger of his life.

The court head that the accused had been travelling into Stranraer when he saw some friends in difficulty at the side of the road. On hearing they had run out of petrol, McCrae offered to give them a lift to a petrol station in the town. On the return journey, these witnesses told police that McCrae had instructed them to “hold on” when he noticed the complainer with a female, who McCrae considered to be his girlfriend, in the street.

The accused then drove his car onto the pavement, only stopping when he was “within four feet” of Mr Broadfoot.

Defending, agent Margo Nicol said the encounter with the complainer was not planned but “a spur the moment” reaction fuelled by jealousy and anger. Since this happened, McCrae had expressed “genuine remorse”, she added, but he also realised it had been a “very immature and incredibly stupid thing to do”.

Sentencing, Sheriff Mungo Bovey told the accused: “It is entirely unacceptable to drive at people the way you did and use a car as a weapon.”