A WOMAN was trapped in her car and had to be cut free after a crash caused by the dangerous driving of a Fife teenager.

Liam McDaid, who was 18 at the time, overtook when it was not safe to do and other vehicles were forced to take evasive action.

He then smashed into a car driven by a woman taking her dog for a training class at Devilla Forest, near Kincardine.

The woman's vehicle left the road and careered into a tree, leaving her badly injured.

McDaid, now 20, of Tarmachan Close, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

The court was told that another motorist, who had to take evasive action because of the student's dangerous driving, said: "Look at that idiot" just before the collision.

McDaid admitted that on August 16, 2018, on the A985 at a point close to Devilla Forest he caused serious injury to the female driver by driving dangerously.

The woman was heading west in her Honda Jazz and McDaid had been travelling east in a Ford Fiesta.

The collision caused extensive damage and the female driver was trapped in the wreckage.

The fire service attended and used cutting equipment to extricate the woman.

She was taken to Forth Valley Hospital, where she was found to have sustained a fractured sternum, fractured rib, fractured heel, nerve damage to her arm and extensive bruising.

She spent four days in hospital. McDaid was not injured.

The court was told McDaid is a former pupil of Dollar Academy and is currently a university student.

Sheriff Alastair Brown said: "This was an exceptionally bad piece of driving with entirely predictable consequences which were suffered by someone else.

"This may well have a profound effect on his future, but it's also had a profound effect on [the complainer]."

The sheriff warned there was "a significant possibility of imprisonment".

He called for reports and McDaid will be sentenced on March 10.

A temporary driving ban was imposed with immediate effect.