Crashed one car, damaged another

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A Spalding teenager told a friend he wanted to retrieve his jacket from her car, but he drove off and crashed it into a brick wall after being handed the keys.

Connor Read (18), of Gerswhin Lane, later told police it was “a joke that got out of hand” – one minute he was driving along and the next he had lost control.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said the car crashed on Halmer Gate, opposite the entrance to Stonegate, and was not drivable afterwards. She said the Peugeot was worth about £500.

Provisional licence holder Read admitted aggravated vehicle taking and driving without insurance on February 21 when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court.

He also admitted a separate offence of criminally damaging a Peugeot in St Paul’s Road, Spalding, by throwing “half a slab” at the vehicle when it was parked on a driveway on January 1.

Read, who told the court he gets his money from his mum for doing chores around the house, was ordered to pay a total of £425 in compensation, prosecution costs and a victim surcharge – including £300 for the Peugeot he crashed and £65 for the Peugeot he damaged.

He was banned from driving for 12 months, given a year’s supervision by probation, to include attending a thinking skills programme, and must carry out 60 hours’ unpaid work.

Solicitor Phillipa Chatterton, mitigating, said Read was aged seven when he found the body of his father, who died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

He believed the car he criminally damaged belonged to a young man who had messaged him to say “your mum will be seeing you dad sooner than you think”, but was apologetic and remorseful when he found out it belonged to the young man’s mother.