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A driving instructor has been convicted of dangerous driving after leading police on a high-speed chase, because he was desperate to go to the toilet.

Andrew Paton, of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, led traffic cops on a four-mile pursuit up the A90 after driving past a police speed trap at 86mph.

The 49-year-old then proceeded to accelerate even faster, and was observed undertaking traffic and hitting speeds of up to 120mph.

He only slowed his Audi A4 down to avoid triggering a speed camera in the Finavon area, as he steamed towards the restroom facilities of a local restaurant.

The trial at Forfar Sheriff Court heard that police officers initially struggled to catch up with Paton, due to the speed he was travelling.

A DVD showing footage of the chase from a patrol car ended with Paton expressing difficulty leaving his car to arresting officers.

"I think it's obvious from the video that there was something very wrong with my nether regions," he told the court, reported The Courier.

Paton told the court he had been driving at around 85mph when he started experiencing stomach cramps and accelerated to make it to Peggy Scott's restaurant in Finavon before he soiled himself.

Despite this being an admission of breaking the 70mph speed limit in force in the area, Paton denied a charge of driving with excessive speed.

He was found guilty and disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to pay a £350 fine.