A criminal stole a car and was involved in a police chase just two weeks after being freed from jail.

Nathan Hynes has now been sent back to prison for nearly two years.

He admitted stealing a vehicle in Hepburn Hill, Hamilton, on October 15 last year, driving dangerously and failing to provide a blood sample when police caught up with him.

The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.

The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.

Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android

Hynes, 23, a prisoner, appeared from custody at Hamilton Sheriff Court. He also admitted driving the stolen car while disqualified.

He had been given a lengthy sentence at Dumbarton Sheriff Court, but with 665 days still to serve, he was released early.

That was on September 30 last year, but Hynes was soon back in trouble.

Defence agent Paul Kavanagh said his client couldn't blame his background for his troubles.

The solicitor stated: "He grew up in a loving family.

"Unfortunately, he has been influenced by peer pressure.

"He hopes, when released from prison, to move away from those negative influences. He is still relatively young so there is still hope for him."

Sheriff Andrew McIntyre said Hynes had driven in a "horrendous" manner in his bid to escape the police and had presented "real danger" to other road users.

The sheriff added: "It was quite shocking and you must be deterred from this type of conduct in future."

Hynes was returned to prison for 650 days with immediate effect and banned from driving for 45 months.

*Don't miss the latest headlines from around Lanarkshire. Sign up to our newsletters here.

And did you know Lanarkshire Live had its own app? Download yours for free here.