A SAUCHIE man drove on to a public path to escape after police stopped him.

On another occasion, James Brand was caught drink-driving when more than four times over the limit.

Brand, 34, of Rosebank, Sauchie, was jailed when he appeared for sentencing at Alloa Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on February 12 last year, at Alloa Park Drive, Alloa, he drove a van dangerously, mounted a pavement, drove along it and failed to stop when required to do so.

He also admitted that on August 8 at Main Street, Tullibody and in a police vehicle on route to Falkirk police station, he acted aggressively, repeatedly made threats towards two police officers, repeatedly shouted, swore and made offensive remarks.

He was found guilty of a charge that on the same day in Tullibody, he drove having consumed excess alcohol. His reading was 91 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 22.

Depute fiscal Mandy Jones said that the first incident involved Brand being stopped at 8.20pm by police officers who had activated their blue lights.

As the officers got out of their car to approach Brand’s vehicle, he mounted a pavement and drove around a corner still on the path.

Sheriff Neil Bowie told Brand: “Anyone could have been on that pavement. Children, elderly people, a mother with a pram, anybody. It’s a miracle no-one was hurt.”

He jailed Brand for 375 days and banned him from driving for 29 months.