A 20-YEAR-OLD drove off in a garage’s courtesy car which had been loaned to his grandmother.
He had taken the keys to the Toyota in the early hours of the morning and drove from Freckleton to Kirkham.
But when he spotted a police car on patrol near Kirkham Prison, Jamie Fletcher panicked. He lost control of the vehicle and crashed it into a fence.
He and two occupants ran off and were not caught by the police.
Blackpool Magistrates heard how the grandmother was told what had gone on by another relative.
As a result Fletcher, of Gilderdales Court, St Annes went to police and said what he had done. He admitted taking the car without permission and driving without an licence or insurance.
He was ordered to do thirty hours at an attendance centre and was banned from driving for a year.
Martine Connah, prosecuting, said that the car’s owner - a local garage - said it would cost £800 to repair the crash damage.
She said Fletcher was staying with his gran at the time of the incident. During the night he asked her for the house keys to let in a friend.
The car keys were on the same key ring and he used them to drive the Toyota without his gran knowing.
Fletcher was also ordered to pay £200 compensation.