A DUNBAR motorist drove at speeds of up to five times the limit before smashing into a vehicle and injuring three people.

Hamish Thomson was heard bragging to his passengers he was doing about 100mph while passing through a 20mph zone in the town.

Thomson, 29, had been drinking in a local pub. He later got into his Vauxhall Astra with four friends and sped off.

But after racing through the streets of the town, Thomson lost control of his vehicle and smashed into the back of car being driven by a woman.

Thomson’s motor came to a rest after crashing into a garden wall and a lamppost, leaving three people and himself seriously injured on December 15, 2018.

Last Tuesday, Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told that Thomson had caused thousands of pounds of damage and he suffered “severe lacerations” to his face during the crash.

One passenger in his car was left with a broken arm and two further victims suffered from whiplash and sore necks.

Thomson pleaded guilty to driving dangerously and at excessive speeds while under the influence of alcohol, colliding with a vehicle, a wall and a lamppost, causing injury to three women, at Belhaven Road, Dunbar, on December 15, 2018, when he appeared at the court.

Fiscal depute Rosie Cook said that Thomson, of James Court, left a pub at about 6.20pm and headed along the town’s Belhaven Road. Four friends were also in the car.

Witnesses claimed they believed Thomson to be driving at about 50mph but he was later heard by his friends to be speeding at up to 100mph.

Ms Cook added that female passengers soon became scared of his erratic driving before Thomson lost control and collided with a car driven by Jade Sheerin.

He clipped the back end of Ms Sheerin’s vehicle, causing it to spin around and collide with a parked car. His vehicle then left the road and smashed into a nearby wall and a lamppost, causing about £4,000 worth of damage.

Solicitor Angela Craig said that her client was a father-of-one and had been fully insured at the time of the incident.

Sheriff Donald Corke deferred sentence to later this month for reports.