A BORDERS motorist who led police on a high-speed chase while a disqualified driver has been jailed for more than two years at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Christopher Moran, 53, of Hawick, received another ban totalling four years after pleading guilty to a total of nine charges.

He admitted driving while disqualified on two occasions - on December 7 and January 25. 

His other offences included threatening or abusive behaviour and possession of a bladed article.

Moran admitted driving with no insurance on two occasions as well as dangerous driving on January 25.

Witnesses heard a disturbance at Moran's home on the evening of December 7 when he was shouting and swearing before driving off despite being banned.

On January 25 police officers on mobile patrol spotted Moran in the driver's seat of a car in Hawick’s Oliver Park shortly before 4pm and knew he was a disqualified driver.

He drove off and a police check confirmed there was no insurance on the car.

In the town’s Weensland Road, two police cars were parked across the carriageway but Moran proceeded to mount the kerb and drove along the pavement to avoid them.

He also drove through a red light in Mart Street with pedestrians in the area and the police in pursuit with the blue lights flashing.

Miriam Clark, prosecuting, said Moran led officers on a chase onto the A7 and then turned left into Howdenbank before driving into the police station car park where he gave himself up.

Defence lawyer Ross Dow said: "It is a massive source of regret to him that he behaved in this way."

Sheriff Peter Paterson jailed him for 28 months but back-dated the sentence to January 26 when he was first remanded in custody.

Moran also received driving bans totalling four years and will need to sit the extended driving test on the completion of the disqualification period.