A ROSYTH driver jumped out of his car when it was still moving in a bid to escape from the police.

Officers had been concerned about the erratic driving of Steven McGow and signalled for him to stop.

Instead, the bank worker jumped out of the car which then smashed into a fence.

The bizarre incident led to McGow, 27, of Syme Place, appearing in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on May 12, in Charles Logan Place, Rosyth, he drove a car dangerously and exited the moving vehicle, allowing it to roll forward without a driver and collide with a fence, damaging it.

He also drove without insurance.

Depute fiscal Alistair McDermid said that, at 8.20pm, police traffic officers were on a routine patrol. They indicated for McGow to stop his car. When he saw the police he opened the car door and jumped out while it was still moving.

“The vehicle continued on its way before striking a fence, causing £250 worth of damage,” added the depute.

Defence solicitor Chris Sneddon said: “It was very stupid behaviour. He saw the police. They wanted to speak to him about the manner of his driving. He panicked.”

Sheriff Craig McSherry fined McGow £1,100 and ordered him to pay £250 compensation for the fence. McGow was also banned from driving for 12 months.