Dad’s car crashed at house party

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A TEENAGER smashed his dad’s £40,000 Audi when he drunkenly moved the car off the driveway to protect it from revellers who had gate-crashed his house party.

Thomas Cookson illegally took to the wheel of his father’s car when his parents were away abroad after he had decided to throw a party which got out of hand.

Alan Godwin, defending, said Cookson, of Preston Old Road, Freckleton, had driven the car owned by parking company boss Brian Cookson, to make sure it was not damaged as trouble brewed at the house, but then crashed into a wall.

Cookson admitted aggravated vehicle taking when he appeared before Blackpool magistrates.

He also admitted drink driving – he was almost three times over the limit- driving without insurance and possessing cannabis.

The court heard noise and activity at the party annoyed neighbours who called the police in.

Officers were then further alerted when a witness saw Cookson crash the Audi he had taken from his parents’ house.

He hit a garden wall in Freckleton and then drove off.

When he was arrested for the driving matters he told a police officer: “Oh, what have I done?”

He added that he had friends around to his home and took the car to show off.

It was then the small amount of cannabis was found.

Magistrates were told his father had paid for the wall to be restored and the plants replaced.

Mr Godwin told the hearing: “My client had been drinking at the party.

“It started with just friends and then other people turned up he did not want there. His father’s car was in the driveway.

“He decided to move it because he thought there was a risk of it being damaged as bottles had been thrown.

“He decided to move it around the corner but because of the amount he had to drink his driving was not up standard.”

“When his father was told what had gone on he was very angry with his son.”

Cookson junior – an apprentice electrician – was ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work for the community, was banned from the road for two years, fined £200 for no insurance and fined £100 for possessing the drug.

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