Madness moment may end in jail cell

Christopher Whiteley drove his friends car to Beacon Fell despite being almost twice over the limit.
Christopher Whiteley drove his friends car to Beacon Fell despite being almost twice over the limit.

A Blackpool man suffered what his lawyer called a “fit of madness” when he decided to drive his friend’s car.

Now District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court has told Christopher Whiteley that he faces a possible jail term.

Whiteley, 37, of |George Street, Blackpool, admitted taking a Ford Focus car without permission; drink driving; driving without insurance and without a licence.

Brett Gerrity, prosecuting, said Whiteley had been out drinking in Blackpool with a friend.

They parted company and the defendant went back home where he found his friend’s car keys.

Despite being almost twice over the limit, Whiteley drove more than 20 miles to Beacon Fell where he was involved in a crash.

Hugh Pond, defending, told the judge: “Taking the car was a fit of madness by this man.

“He lost control of the vehicle on a bend on a country lane and the car turned over.”

“The passenger managed to get out and call the fire service and ambulance.

“Forty minutes later Whiteley had to be cut out of the vehicle.

“He has since paid his friend £1,000 towards the damage to the vehicle.”

The judge heard how Whiteley had a previous conviction for drink driving.

He ordered pre-sentence reports on the defendant and warned him one of the options would be custody.