Carnage warning to young drivers

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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TWO young men were lucky not to have caused carnage on the road, a court was told.

Blackpool Magistrates made the comments when they sentenced 22-year-old Paul Duxbury of Princes Way, Fleetwood, and Craig Sibbald, 24, of Patterdale Avenue, Thornton.

Pam Smith told the court how on April 9 last year Duxbury allowed Sibbald to drive his car to shops in Thornton, knowing his friend had no insurance.

There were two other passengers in the car as Sibbald drove at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour in a 30 miles and hour area.

One witness was so alarmed about the driving that he followed the Fiesta in order to gets it registration plate.

The next thing the witness heard was a loud noise and he could see ahead of him the Fiesta hit another car head on.

Two elderly people in the other car were injured in the crash.

The court heard Duxbury left the scene for a time and came back in a change of clothes.

He claimed to have been at home and his car had been stolen.

However, when interviewed by police he admitted being in the vehicle as Sibbald drove.

Sibbald said he had drunk seven pints of beer the night before and a can of lager the following morning.

He told police the Fiesta was more powerful than his own car and he had “lost it” on a bend.

Sibbald admitted drink driving, driving without due care and having no insurance.

He was handed an 18-month driving ban and given 18-month supervision which will include doing 100 hours unpaid work.

He must go on the drink impaired drivers’ course and was also ordered to pay £200 compensation and £85 costs.

Duxbury admitted permitting Sibbald to drive his silver Ford Fiesta, knowing Sibbald had no insurance to drive the car and obstructing the police.

He was ordered to pay the same compensation and costs and given 24 hours at an attendance centre.