Driver crashed his dad’s car af­ter drinks with friends

Rochdale Observer - - MEMORY WALK - Jon.macpher­son@men-news.co.uk @JonMacMEN

APROVISIONAL li­cence holder took his fa­ther’s car to go for a drink with friends be­fore crash­ing into two parked ve­hi­cles, a court heard.

Carl An­thony Fox, of Edge­moor Close, Shaw­forth, swiped the Citroen Re­lay van keys on Septem­ber 3 this year to go drink­ing with friends in Tod­mor­den.

The 35-year-old drank four pints and was re­turn­ing home when he crashed the van into a £2,000 Mer­cedes E220 and a £1,000 Peu­geot 307 writ­ing off both ve­hi­cles, Burn­ley Mag­is­trates Court heard.

Fox and a pas­sen­ger then fled the scene and the de­fen­dant was ar­rested by po­lice nearby.

He gave a breathal­yser read­ing of 58mg in 100ml of breath. The le­gal limit is 35mg.

Pros­e­cu­tor Cather­ine Al­lan said the own­ers of the parked cars heard a ‘loud screech­ing noise’ at 6.20pm and saw Fox’s car ‘spin out of con­trol’ and col­lide with the Mer­cedes and Peu­geot.

The court heard how they recog­nised Fox and saw him run off to­wards his par­ents’ home.

When Fox was in­ter­viewed by po­lice he said he wanted to go to Tod­mor­den with his friends but ‘knew his dad wouldn’t let him’ so waited un­til he had gone out and took the van keys from a drawer.

Miss Al­lan told the court that Fox ‘felt okay to drive’ and told of­fi­cers that he was ‘driv­ing too fast and show­ing off and that’s the rea­son he crashed’.

He then ‘pan­icked’ and ran off be­cause he ‘knew he would get into trou­ble’, the court was told.

Miss Al­lan said: “There was a breach of trust.

“It was his fa­ther’s car and he has taken it. He has caused se­vere dam­age not only to his fa­ther’s car but also to the two cars of those in­no­cent peo­ple who would have had the dis­rup­tion of hav­ing no ve­hi­cles.”

Fox pleaded guilty to drink driv­ing, driv­ing with­out a li­cence and no in­sur­ance and ag­gra­vated ve­hi­cle tak­ing.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Ben Leech said Fox was at a ‘par­tic­u­larly low ebb’ at the time and ‘suf­fer­ing greatly at the time with his emo­tional con­trol’.

He told the court: “This par­tic­u­lar day was the first op­por­tu­nity he had to speak about his is­sues with his friends.

“He de­cided fool­ishly to go for a drink in Tod­mor­den rather than stay lo­cally.

“He can’t turn back time and clearly wished he could.”

The court was told that Fox is ‘ashamed’ of his ac­tions and is was an ‘onoff in­ci­dent’.

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