A COUNTY man is facing a custodial sentence after he pleaded guilty to a series of road traffic offences.

Barry Rutherford, prisoner of HMP Edinburgh, drove a vehicle dangerously by driving through a red light during a police chase and failed to stop when required to do so by police before he smashed into an unmarked police car.

Rutherford, 27, travelled round a roundabout at the Granada Services in Musselburgh the wrong way and on the opposite carriageway into the face of oncoming traffic during an incident earlier this year.

He caused motorists on the roundabout to take evasive action before he crashed his car into an unmarked police vehicle, which brought the chase to a halt.

Rutherford, who appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court from custody, admitted the heavily amended complaint when he appeared in the dock last Tuesday.

The dangerous driving took place at Musselburgh’s Newhailes Road, Monktonhall Terrace, North High Street, Granada Service Station and Lochend Road South on March 8.

He also pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and to resisting arrest at Monktonhall Terrace on the same date.

Sheriff Kenneth McGowan remanded Rutherford in custody and deferred sentence to later this month for the preparation of reports.