A YOUNG mechanic came down to earth with a crash when he ended up in trouble with the law after souping-up his car.
Police who looked under the bonnet of Daniel Phelps’ Ford Escort got something of a surprise, for they found a turbo-charged engine with air-filter and super exhaust.
Phelps had failed to tell his insurance firm about the changes.
The 22-year-old mechanic, of Cheltenham Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to withholding information to obtain motor insurance by failing to declare extensive modifications to his car.
He was fined £175 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police stopped Phelps on Marton Drive at 11.40pm April 11.
Ashley Fisher, defending, said his client had fallen foul of a vigilant officer who saw a young man driving a high-powered motor vehicle.
Phelps had replaced the Escort 1,600cc engine for a newer one and enhanced the car’s perfiormance.