Ban for crashing mum’s car and demolishing fencing

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An 18-year-old crashed his mum’s car, demolishing part of a fence, when he took her Mondeo without consent in the early hours of the morning.

Sam Newton’s mum went to bed on April 27 deliberately taking her car keys with her because she was worried her son might take the Mondeo, prosecutor Nick Todd told Boston magistrates.

He said Mrs Newton was wakened at 3am by the sound of doors banging, looked outside and saw her son in the driving seat of the Mondeo.

Newton shouted he was going for a drive, but a little time later walked back after crashing the car while turning it round.

Mr Todd said Newton hit a neighbour’s 6ft high fence – demolishing an 8ft wide stretch of it – and scratched the car.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said Newton was remorseful and went home to tell his mother what had happened.

She said: “The first thing he said to his mum was ‘I am going to get a job now’ and he did just that. He’s got a job at Bakkavor.”

Probation officer Angie Jones described his arrest and detention as a “huge wake-up call”.

Newton, of Deldale Road, Wyberton, was conditionally discharged for two years for aggravated vehicle taking and given a year-long driving ban.

He was fined £200 for driving without insurance and given no separate penalty for driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Newton must pay £200 compensation to the owner of the fence, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. He pleaded guilty to all three offences.