Jobless driver couldn’t reverse

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A BUNGLING joyrider came to grief because he had not driven a car before and could not reverse the vehicle he had taken.

Craig Humphreys, a jobless 23-year-old, of Cross Street, St Annes, admitted taking a car without consent and driving it without insurance or a licence.

He was put on an electronically tagged curfew for six weeks between 8pm and 7am, banned from the road for six months and ordered to pay £85 costs by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Tracy Yates, said Humphreys and two accomplices pushed a car from a driveway in Westgate Road on Wednesday November 2.

The defendant drove it a short distance to the end of the cul-de-sac, but then left it because he could not reverse and turn the Renault round to drive it away.

Steven Townley, defending, said his client could not drive, but at first he managed to get it into first gear.

As he could not reverse, he abandoned the car, which was not damaged.