A HALBEATH man was spotted on an unregistered mini motorbike in the early hours of the morning.

Colin Auchterlonie ran off when the police began to follow him in their van and was caught after being chased by officers. He then refused a breath test at the police station.

Auchterlonie, 28, of Fod Street, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on February 7, at Dunlin Drive, Dunfermline, he drove a motorcycle without insurance.

He also admitted that at Dunfermline police station, he acted aggressively and struggled violently with two officers. He then failed to provide two specimens of breath to be tested for alcohol.

Depute fiscal Kavin Ryan-Hume said that at 3am, police on patrol in Dunlin Drive saw Auchterlonie on an unregistered mini motorbike. When they turned their van to follow him, he abandoned the bike on a grass verge and ran off.

The officers gave chase and caught Auchterlonie, who began to struggle with them. He was put in the back of the vehicle and continued to struggle. When taken to the police station Auchterlonie refused to take a breath test.

Defence solicitor Stephen Morrison said: "He'd clearly been consuming alcohol and he recognises the folly of his behaviour. He's angry about his own stupidity."

Sheriff James MacDonald imposed a community payback order with 12 months' supervision and 120 hours of unpaid work. Auchterlonie was also given a three-year driving ban.