A north-east inmate who returned to jail a little more than a week after being released early has been given a fresh prison sentence.
Reece Stewart was given his freedom from HMP Grampian in Peterhead due to coronavirus measures but only days later he took his dad’s car without permission and crashed on King’s Gate in Aberdeen on May 14.
The 29-year-old appeared from custody at Aberdeen Sheriff Court having already admitted a string of charges including careless driving, failing to stop and provide details following an accident and driving without a licence or insurance.
He also admitted taking and driving away the car without permission and Stewart further admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.
His not guilty plea to a charge of driving while unfit through drink or drugs was accepted by the Crown.
A previous hearing heard Stewart was released early as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and following that appearance he was subsequently remanded despite defence lawyer Mike Monro arguing for bail.
Sheriff Graeme Buchanan jailed Stewart of Bayview Court, Aberdeen for nearly six months, banned him from driving for 28 weeks and fined him £1,100.