Man told police his friend had taken his car

Blackpool Magistrates Court.
Blackpool Magistrates Court.
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A man found next to a damaged BMW parked up a farm driveway told police his friend had taken the car.

Adam Saunders was asked the name of the friend but he refused to reveal it to police.

It’s my car. My friend took it

Saunders, a 30-year-old engineer, of The Rowans, Greenhalgh, pleaded guilty to failing to give information relating to the driver of a car believed to have been guilty of an offence on November 16 this year.

He was fined £475 with £85 costs, ordered to pay a £150 court charge with £47 victims’surcharge and had six motoring penalty points put on his driving licence by Blackpool magistrates.

Jim Mowbray, prosecuting, said a witness saw a damaged BMW, which appeared to have been in a road traffic accident, being parked up a farm driveway near Moss Side Lane, Lytham.

Police were alerted and while they were examining the vehicle Saunders came up.

He told an officer: “It’s my car. My friend took it.

“I have been trying to find him.”

An officer was suspicious when Saunders refused to disclose the friend’s name. A piece of glass was found in Saunders wallet and police could smell alcohol on his breath.

A roadside breath test on Saunders proved positive for alcohol but no drink-related offence was brought against him.

Saunders defence said his client had no previous convictions and a clean driving licence.