A MOTORIST was involved in an altercation with police who had stopped them because of the manner of their driving, Selkirk Sheriff Court has been told.

Thirty-eight-year-old Dean Davidson, of Newtown St Boswells, pleaded guilty to driving a car carelessly in Old Town, Peebles, during the early hours of June 25 last year by driving round a bend at excessive speed and accelerating excessively.

He also admitted shouting and swearing, acting aggressively and directing derogatory remarks towards police officers.

Prosecutor Xander Van Der Scheer told Selkirk Sheriff Court that police officers situated at the bottom of the Old Town could hear a Volkswagen accelerating loudly.

When the vehicle came into view the police indicated they were going to stop it.

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One of the officers in uniform entered the road and raised his arm indicating the vehicle to stop.

Mr Van Der Scheer said the vehicle then braked heavily and the bonnet of the vehicle was observed to dip.

Davidson was the only person in the vehicle.

When officers approached the Volkswagen Davidson swore at one of them asking why he was standing in the middle of the street.

Davidson confronted the officers in an aggressive manner denying he was speeding and called one officer “princess” and swore at her.

Davidson was initially charged with dangerous driving but the Crown accepted a plea of guilty to the lesser charge of careless driving.

Defence lawyer Liam Alexander said his client had been driving to Glasgow after working at the Indigo Rooms in Galashiels where he worked as a bouncer.

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He explained the Volkswagen Golf had a louder sound than normal vehicles and he had accelerated around a corner too quickly.

But he was taken by surprise that a police officer was standing on the road and had to brake sharply.

Mr Alexander then said Davidson claimed the officer was aggressive towards him at first at what they perceived to be dangerous driving.

He said his client became upset after the police officer assaulted him on the arm and said things he should not have.

Sheriff John McCormick fined Davidson £270 for careless driving and £180 for threatening or abusive behaviour involving police officers.

He was also ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.