A rookie driver panicked when police found him in a car he shouldn’t have been driving.
Robbie Boyle only held a provisional licence and didn’t want his dad to know he had been out in the car.
So he sped off, sparking a police chase, Paisley Sheriff Court heard.
In the minutes that followed, he placed other drivers at risk by driving dangerously and at excessive speeds as police tried to catch him.
He hit speeds of up to 85 mph and even went round roundabouts the wrong way.
Boyle was eventually cornered and charged with dangerous driving, having no insurance or L plates and failing to stop when required to do so by officers.
The court was told he had been spoken to by a police officer while the car was parked in Linwood.
He was asked to remain in the car while checks were made and police colleagues were summoned.
Instead, he waited for his moment, hit the accelerator and drove off.
He drove through Linwood and Johnstone and topped speeds of 75mph.
Boyle, 20, thundered along Saturn Way, Linwood, a stretch of the A737 dual carriageway, and dashed through High Street, John Lang Street and Ritchie Park, all Johnstone, on September 14, the court was told.
He drove at 85mph on the A737, went the wrong way round roundabouts, failed to stop at red traffic lights and the car’s wheels left the roadway at one point – all to the danger of other drivers and pedestrians.
When the case against Boyle, of Lancaster Way, Linwood, was called in court, he confirmed he was pleading guilty to the charges.
Defence agent Charlie McCusker explained: “He was seen by a police officer and his details were being checked and he was asked to remain and not to attempt to drive.
“He panicked and chose to drive as he didn’t want his father to know what had happened.
“Of course, his father got to know all about it and is sitting in court today.
“It’s fair to say that my client made a mess of it.”
Sheriff Derek Livingston described the episode as “an appalling piece of driving”, imposed interim disqualification and deferred sentence until September 21.
He called for background reports to be prepared and ordered the accused to return to court then tobe sentenced.