Banned driver fled from police with axe in his car

Mark Boyle was found with the weapon in his BMW after being caught speeding on the wrong side of the road.

A banned driver who fled from police with an axe in his car has been jailed for more than two years.

Mark Boyle raced his BMW from Glasgow’s Possilpark area to the city’s Lambhill in April this year.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard the 29-year-old was banned from the road in August 2017 until November 2028.

Boyle’s car was “playing loud music and causing a disturbance”.

Police clocked him speeding and on the wrong side of the road.

The car was eventually halted and officers detected a ‘strong smell of alcohol’.

Bottles of Buckfast and rose wine were initially discovered inside.

Boyle refused to provide his details to the officers and denied drinking alcohol.

A small axe was then found on a seat. 

The father-of-one refused to provide a breath sample.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Boyle also admitted failing to provide a specimen of breath at a police station, reset and possession of an axe.

David Kinloch, defending, told the court Boyle was having a problem with alcohol at the time.

Sheriff Martin Jones said: “Custody is necessary and is appropriate in this case.”

Boyle was also disqualified from driving for five years and two months.

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