Student took mum’s car and wrote it off in crash

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A university student took his mother’s car without permission and wrote the vehicle off in a crash.

Harrison Briggs had hoped to use and return the £4,000 car before his mum noticed but it was wrecked after he hit rocks and a concrete bollard.

Briggs, 22, of Preston New Road, Marton, pleaded guilty to the aggravated taking of a Kia Sedona and driving it without insurance or an MoT certificate.

He was sentenced to do 170 hours unpaid work for the community, banned from the road for 12 months and ordered to pay £200 compensation with a £150 court charge plus £85 costs by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Briggs’s stepfather had returned home about 10pm on October 24 and seen his wife’s car parked on driveway. The next morning police knocked at the door and said the car was obstructing a road in Preesall.

Briggs’s stepfather thought his wife may have driven the car and run out of petrol. He went to its location and saw the vehicle was scratched and dented with one wheel pointing in the wrong direction and a tyre ripped to shreds.

Briggs contacted the police and confessed to what he had done. He had planned to meet friends at a car boot sale and had taken his mother’s car, planning to return it before it was missed. In Over Wyre he hit some mud and rocks.