Car-crashing grandson avoids prison

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A man who took his grandmother’s car without consent and crashed it in a car park has avoided being sent to prison.

Thomas Hull was more than twice over the alcohol limit when a police officer heard a bang and then saw he had collided with another car.

Hull, 24, of Deepdale Road, Mereside, pleaded guilty to the aggravated taking of a car and driving with excess alcohol without insurance and not in accordance with a licence.

He was sentenced to six months’ supervision, banned from driving for 40 months and fined £255 with £85 costs, plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Jane Yates, prosecuting, said a police officer heard a loud bang and saw Hull had collided with another car in the car park on August 24 at 11.50pm. A breath test showed 81 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Suzanne Mugford, defending, said the day of the offence Hull had been to a family barbecue and argued with some relatives. He then took his gran’s car keys from the side.

He regretted his actions.