Labourer took boss’ car – and hit parked cars

Blackpool Magistrates
Blackpool Magistrates
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A labourer took his boss’s van without permission and crashed it into two parked vehicles.

Joseph Brown was only meant to be repairing the van but he decided to drive it to the shops.

Brown, 28, of Park Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to the aggravated taking of a Ford Transit Connect, driving without insurance and not in accordance with his learner’s licence.

Jim Mowbray, prosecuting, said Brown’s boss dropped off his van at the defendant’s home for repair work to be done on it on September 12.

The boss arrived back in the evening and the van was missing.

Brown had driven it to the shops and on the way back, going to his girlfriend’s, he had hit two cars in Watson Road.

Robert Castle, defending, said Brown had pleaded guilty immediately.

He was still on good terms with his boss who had said he would continue to employ the defendant as a labourer.

Brown was sentenced to a 12-month community order, told to do 150 hours’ unpaid work for the community, and ordered to pay a £150 court charge with £300 compensation plus £85 costs, by District Judge David Purcell sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

He also put six motoring penalty points on Brown’s driving licence.