Drunk Maddiston learner-driver threatened police with crossbow

The road crash took place in Maddiston last year
The road crash took place in Maddiston last year
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A drunk learner-driver injured three people in a road smash in Maddiston then pointed a loaded crossbow at police who appeared at the scene.

Sam Newns (19), Forgie Crescent, Maddiston, appeared at Stirling Sheriff Court today having pled guilty to the offences of drink driving, dangerous driving, behaving in a threatening manner and possessing offensive weapons he committed on September 18 last year.

Police caught up with Newns, who had just caused a two-car pile up, near Limerigg Primary School in Limerigg village on the B825 road between Slamannan and Caldercruix.

Newns, who gave a reading of 68 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when the legal limit at that time was 35 microgrammes, had a loaded crossbow, which he brandished in the direction of three officers.

A search of his vehicle later uncovered a knife, a lock knife, a saw, a machete, an axe and a set of crossbow bolts.

Sheriff Kevin Veal deferred sentence on Newns until August 26 to allow a forensic psychiatrist assessment and social work report to take place.