Took parents’ car and crashed it

WHAPLODE man Daniel Wells crashed his parents’ Land Rover Freelander into a give way sign when he set off to collect his mobile phone and wallet from a friend’s address.

Wells (24), of Tulip Fields, gave a false alibi to police saying he had stayed at a friend’s house that night.

But the friend told police the truth and then Wells owned up, magistrates heard.

Wells was ordered to pay a total of £600 in fines and costs when he appeared before Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking without the owner’s consent and guilty to driving without insurance.

He was also banned from driving for 12 months.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said Wells told police he didn’t answer their questions honestly at first because he was worried about losing his licence.

Solicitor Neil Sands, mitigating, said Wells had borrowed money from his aunt to buy his parents a new Peugeot and was paying to have the Freelander repaired.

Mr Sands said Wells had probably gone further than many defendants to put matters right.

He had been out that night, accidentally leaving his mobile and wallet with a friend after giving them to her initially for safe keeping.

The friend’s phone number was in his mobile and he had no means of getting in touch.

Mr Sands said: “Foolishly, therefore, he got into his parents’ car with a view to driving to her address. It was a spur of the moment decision.”