Woman took boyfriend's car for mercy dash

A woman took her boyfriend's BMW without permission to go on a mercy mission to rescue a friend who was in trouble, a court was told.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 16th April 2016, 8:56 am
Gavel and scales
Gavel and scales

Chantelle Pola was then stopped by police who said the car’s headlights were not on.

Pola, a 20-year-old bar worker, of St Andrews Road South, St Annes, pleaded guilty to taking a car without consent, driving without 
insurance and not in 
accordance with her 

She was fined £200 with £85 costs, ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge and had six motoring penalty points put on her licence by Blackpool magistrates.

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Prosecutor, Kerry Grieve, said police stopped the car on March 27 at 5.30am, on Blackpool’s George Street because she did not have her headlights on.

Police said at first Pola only gave her Christian names, then added that she was a mechanic who was insured to drive the car and passed her test three years ago.

Brett Chappell, defending, said Pola, who had no previous convictions, had acted completely out of character.


A friend had telephoned her saying she was in trouble, needed help and could she come and pick her up.

Pola could not wake her boyfriend, who was deeply asleep, so she just took the car.

She said she had given her full name, the car’s headlights were on as they were automatic and that she had told police her boyfriend was a mechanic who had passed his test three years ago.