A 20-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with a series of motoring offences after a BMW crashed into a holiday house near Helensburgh at the weekend.

Police say they were notified of the accident at 2.55am on Saturday, November 9 through the German car manufacturer's 'telematics' safety system, which alerted them to a vehicle deploying its airbags at the Crosskeys roundabout on the A818 north of the town.

Officers attended the scene and discovered a BMW X5 embedded in the front of Crosskeys Cottage next to the roundabout.

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Inspector Roddy MacNeill from Helensburgh police office said: "An initial enquiry at the registered keeper’s address in Rhu proved negative in tracing the driver.

"A search of the area around the crash scene was undertaken, utilising dogs and subsequently the force helicopter and specialist officers.

"Further enquiry via phone records resulted in officers re-attending at the Rhu address, where the driver was eventually traced."

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The man was charged with allegedly driving dangerously, leaving the scene of an accident, taking a vehicle without the owner's consent, and driving without insurance.

Police enquiries are ongoing to find out if the driver was assisted in leaving the scene of the crash.

Inspector MacNeill added: "Thankfully no persons were within at the material time, or the situation could have been catastrophic."

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