A MOTORIST has been jailed for driving dangerously on the A82 through Clydebank - after breaking into a neighbour’s flat in Glasgow and stealing items including TVs, clothes and a games console.

Steven Singh was spotted driving along the main road between Anniesland Cross and the Kilbowie roundabout in January.

He drove in the dark without any lights on, almost collided with several other road users, hit the central reservation on the dual carriageway and drove while the car’s front offside tyre was completely flat.

The 39-year-old appeared from custody at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Friday for sentencing after social workers were asked to prepare a background report.

He had previously admitted charges of reset of a motor vehicle, breaking into a flat in Glenavon Road in Summerston and stealing various items from inside, and driving dangerously and while unfit through drink or drugs on Broomhill Road in Glasgow and along the A82 - all committed on January 28.

Singh’s lawyer told the court his client had been remanded in custody awaiting sentence since January and added: “His record [of previous convictions] discloses nothing analogous to any of the charges to which he has pleaded guilty on this indictment, which adds to the mystery of how a 39-year-old man can come before the court in relation to matters such as these.

“He accepts his guilt and is fully realistic as to what is going to happen today.

“All the items taken [in the break-in] were recovered, and there was no loss to the complainer, albeit that it was not a nice experience.

“His focus today is to take whatever sentence is given to him on the chin. He wants to present himself as homeless in an area where has has not previously lived, so he can take himself away from negative peer associations.”

Sheriff William Gallacher told Singh: “Your participation in the break-in, and your removal of a significant quantity of a neighbour’s property, was disgraceful, and the manner of your driving was outrageous. I have no option but the imposition of a custodial sentence.”

The sheriff told Singh he would have jailed him for two years, but reduced the sentence to 18 months because of his early guilty pleas. He was also handed a 21-month driving ban.