Maddiston drunken learner driver causes pile up then aims crossbow at cops

Newns failure to display his L plates was just one of the offences he committed on September 18 last year
Newns failure to display his L plates was just one of the offences he committed on September 18 last year

A teenage learner driver is facing jail after he caused a crash which injured three people and then pointed a loaded crossbow at police.

Sam Newns (19), of Forgie Crescent, Maddiston, appeared at Stirling Sheriff Court today having pled guilty to dangerous driving, drink driving, driving without insurance and failing to display his L-plates. He also admitted brandishing a crossbow in the direction of police, possessing a loaded weapon and having knives, a machete and an axe in a public place.

The offences happened on September 18 last year when Newns’ VW Golf crossed onto the wrong side of road and struck an oncoming Mazda supermini, injuring the driver and her two passengers.

Police were called and caught up with Newns near Limerigg Primary School on the B825 road between Slamannan and Caldercruix.

Newns then brandished the loaded crossbow in the direction of three police officers who had stopped him.

Officers, who found a further cache of offensive weapons on Newns, discovered he was also over the drink drive limit - giving a reading of 68 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath at a time when the legal limit was 35 microgrammes.

Defence solicitor Stephen Biggam said Newns had not intended to point the crossbow at officers.

He said: “When he heard a noise he turned - it wasn’t something that was deliberately directed at the officers.”

Sheriff Celia Sanderson deferred sentence on Newns until July 17 so she could get background reports on Newns.