Man caught in stolen car after road accident

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A man was caught driving a car stolen from a Lancashire garage after suffering a road accident.

Garfield Roberts, 48, of Broad Lane, Out Rawcliffe, admitted dishonestly arranging to receive the white 53 plate BMW, which was worth £3,500, following the crash on November 17 at the junction of Union Lane and Moss Side Lane in Pilling.

The vehicle was stolen from Lawtons of Fleetwood in February, Preston Magistrates’ Court heard.

Roberts also admitted driving without insurance or a licence.

Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, said: “It is not suggested he stole it, he came into possession of it in September this year. The offence was discovered by police because they were called to a road traffic collision involving this vehicle.

“The defendant had come off the road and rolled down an embankment.

“Mr Roberts stated he was the vehicle owner and accepted he had crashed the vehicle after leaving his home address.

“ He was interviewed voluntarily and explained the circumstances of how he had come by the vehicle. He said his son had contacted him saying he knew of a vehicle he could use for spare parts. He went to a house in Cleveleys and got the vehicle there. He accepted he knew it was probably stolen and didn’t make the inquiries necessary to establish that.”

Defending, Sephton Lee said: “My client’s son advised him about this car in September. He’s gone to the address and a male has given him the keys. He didn’t pay anything for it, he does accept he thought it was too good to be true. He has a similar vehicle and was going to use this vehicle as parts.

“He had never driven apart from when he drove it home to a caravan site where he lives.

“He decided to drive it to collect some post and then started to manoeuvre his car to go back and unfortunately as he has reversed the road crumbled and his car slid down the embankment.

“He has co-operated fully.”

The bench imposed 40 hours’ unpaid work and he must also pay a £60 surcharge and £85 costs.