Yob got be­hind the wheel but couldn’t drive

Drunk woman crashed tran­sit van into car

Ayrshire Post - - News - Sarah Hil­ley

A woman who can’t drive crashed a stolen van af­ter steer­ing it into the next street.

An­gela Robert­son stole the key from a drink­ing pal’s home af­ter a boozy ses­sion in Gir­van.

The 22- year- old got be­hind the wheel and mounted a pave­ment be­fore smash­ing into a parked car and flee­ing the scene.

She reck­lessly steered the out of con­trol van for about a third of a mile from Pied­mont Road into El­der Av­enue.

Robert­son was jailed for six months at Ayr Sher­iff Court last week.

The court heard how her crime spree be­gan when she met two men on a Gir­van street and went to a house for a few drinks.

The de­pute fis­cal said the ve­hi­cle owner hung the keys on the back of the front door on De­cem­ber 8, 2017.

She said: “The wit­nesses fell asleep in the liv­ing room. They awoke at 5am and no­ticed that the ac­cused wasn’t in the house.”

She said one of the pair went to make his way home and no­ticed his pal’s ve­hi­cle wasn’t parked out­side in Pied­mont Road.

The de­pute fis­cal said he in­formed the owner who “no­ticed the key was miss­ing and there was no dam­age or sign of forced en­try to the home.

He con­tacted the po­lice to re­port his ve­hi­cle was stolen.

Mean­while a res­i­dent heard a bang and looked out of the win­dow to see the tran­sit mount a pave­ment and col­lide with a neigh­bour’s car. The de­pute fis­cal said: “He saw a lone fe­male get out of the pas­sen­ger side of the ve­hi­cle and run off down a lane.”

The col­li­sion was re­ported to the po­lice.

How­ever, de­fence lawyer Robert Lo­gan told the court a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ver­sion of events.

He said that one of her drink­ing com­pan­ions ac­tu­ally left the flat with Robert­son, drove the ve­hi­cle and sug­gested she have a go.

He said: “She can’t drive.

“She man­aged to drive it for 100 yards revving it and stalling it.

“She had her foot on the accelerator, mounted the pave­ment and smashed it.”

Mr Lo­gan said her ac­com­plice ran off and told the owner.

Com­ment­ing on Robert­son’s be­hav­iour, he said: “She did drive with­out a li­cence, in­sur­ance and dan­ger­ously.”

Sher­iff Mhairi Mac­tag­gart sen­tenced Robert­son to prison and dis­qual­i­fied her from driv­ing for nine months.

Robert­son, of Sy­camore Drive, Gir­van pled guilty to theft, driv­ing with­out a li­cence and in­sur­ance and to driv­ing dan­ger­ously af­ter drink­ing al­co­hol.

boozy Robert­son smashed stolen van

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