Sep 28 2012 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
A Newmilns man who led cops on a high-speed chase crashed into a police car four times before colliding with a wall and driving off on three wheels.
At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Monday, 20-year-old Graham Garforth, of Gilfoot, pleaded guilty to driving dangerously while over the drink limit and failing to stop after an accident.
Scott Toal, prosecuting, said that Garforth’s Vauxhall Astra was immediately in front of the police vehicle as they drove into Darvel around 11.40pm on Sunday. Police gave chase when Garforth’s car suddenly took off at speed. They followed him into Lanfine Quadrant, a cul-de-sac.
Mr Toal said that when Garforth stopped one of the police officers got out and told him to turn off the ignition and get out of the car.
Instead, Garforth reversed sharply, colliding with the front of the police car as he did so. Mr Toal said: “He attempted to reverse past the police three times and he struck the police car three times.”
Garforth then managed to execute a three-point turn, again crashed into the police vehicle and drove off. By the time police were able to turn their vehicle he had made his escape.
A short time later, however, said Mr Toal, residents of Main Street, Newmilns, “had the misfortune to find the accused when he drove his car into the wall outside their houses”.
Mr Toal was eventually traced at 12.40am having abandoned his car which had lost a wheel.
He was later found to have a breath/alcohol count of 41 microgrammes. The legal limit is 35.
Sheriff Brian Murphy deferred sentence until October 16 for a criminal justice social work report. He refused bail and remanded Garforth in custody.