A son who went joyriding in his father’s car despite never having driven before has avoided being sent to jail.
Robert Carr, who took the car because he was angry with his dad, admitted to police he had driven it in a unsafe manner, before scratching two obscene words into the bonnet.
Carr, a 21-year-old university student, of Elms Avenue, Cleveleys, pleaded guilty to taking a car, driving carelessly without a licence or insurance and causing damage to it.
He was sentenced to 12 months’ supervision and ordered to pay £400 compensation with £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
The court was told on August 9 Carr’s father was woken and told his Vauxhall Frontera had been found abandoned and damaged in Peel Avenue.
When interviewed, Carr told police he had never had a driving lesson and had almost crashed the car twice after he took it.
Patrick Nelligan, defending, said Carr was angry with his father and took the car because he knew it was precious to him.