Banned Shelton driver jailed after crashing cars in Stoke-on-Trent
TEENAGER Nico Taylor has been jailed after he took two cars without the owners' permission while he was banned from driving.
North Staffordshire magistrates yesterday heard the 18-year-old crashed a Vauxhall Vectra into a stationary Peugeot car on December 23.
Prosecutor Clair Moss said the owner had lent the vehicle to his friend who parked it in a side street off London Road, Stoke.
The defendant later attended a house party and told him he was sorry as he had crashed his car.
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The court heard the vehicle was recovered but was scrapped as it was not worth repairing.
Taylor was breathalysed as he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. But he gave a reading of 25 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, under the legal limit of 35. However, he was asked to provide blood for further analysis and refused to do so.
On January 14 Taylor damaged a television at the YMCA in Harding Road, Hanley, causing £700 damage.
And on January 30, the teenager, who was banned from driving for 12 months last March for aggravated vehicle taking, took a Vauxhall Corsa parked in Blake Street, Burslem. The owner reported the car missing and it was spotted by police being driven in the Burslem area.
Mrs Moss said: "The officers illuminated their blue lights on Ford Green Road and the Corsa went through traffic lights without slowing. It continued on Norton Lane and was stopped on Millrise Road."
Minimal damage was caused to the Corsa, the court heard.
Taylor told police he was on his way home when he saw the Corsa in the street. He said he bent the driver's door back and tampered with the wiring to get it started. He said he decided not to stop and lost control after a short pursuit when he collided with railings at the side of the road. He hit a speed bump in Millrise Road and came to a stop. The teenager added he intended to drive round until he ran out of fuel.
Taylor, of Lawrence Street, Shelton, pleaded guilty to two charges of driving while disqualified, two offences of aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance, failing to provide a specimen of blood, and criminal damage.
Hamish Noble, mitigating, said Taylor has had a difficult upbringing. He added the incident at the YMCA involved the defendant throwing some chalk in frustration when playing pool. It was a reckless act.
Magistrates told Taylor the offences were serious and sent him to youth custody for 16 weeks and disqualified him from driving for two years.