POLICE pursued three joyriders on dirt bikes through the centre of Alloa, a court heard.

The bikers drove in the wrong direction in a one-way street and went on pavements in their efforts to escape.

Two of them got away but one of them was caught and appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court last Thursday, Oct 7, for road traffic and drug dealing offences.

The accused, Craig Douglas, of Lewis Court, Alloa, admitted that on January 12 at Mar Street and elsewhere in Alloa, he drove an unregistered dirt bike dangerously, drove the wrong way in one-way streets, drove at high speed, drove on footpaths and failed stop when asked to do so by police.

He also drove without a licence and without insurance.

Douglas, 22, also admitted he was concerned in the supply of cannabis.

Depute fiscal Susannah Hutchison said at 5.40pm police officers on mobile patrol in Drysdale Street saw three dirt bikes travelling together with no lights on.

The officers activated their blue lights and sirens, signalling for them to stop but they ignored this.

They also ignored ‘no entry’ signs and travelled in the wrong direction up a one-way street.

Douglas was arrested after falling off his bike and when searched was found to be in possession of over 30 grams of cannabis. He also had £90 in cash.

Sheriff Neil Bowie told Douglas his actions had been “extremely hazardous putting members of the public at risk as a pedestrian or vehicle could have been struck”.

He imposed a community payback order with 200 hours of unpaid work and 18 months of supervision.

Douglas was also disqualified for two years and until he passes the extended test.