Teenager wrote off his sister’s car when he took it for a drive – and crashed into parked car and caravan


Teenager Elliot Darlington took his sister’s car without permission but lost control and crashed into a car – which shunted the back of a caravan.

The 18-year-old was 17 when he took his sister’s Ford Fiesta out for a drive. But he ‘could not hack it’ and hit a kerb before hitting a parked car and a caravan.

Two women who were caught up in the incident were taken to hospital with injuries but were not seriously hurt.

Now Darlington has been handed a 12 month community order and hit with an 18 month driving ban at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

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Prosecutor Sue Hayers said the defendant took his sister’s Ford Fiesta, which was signed ‘off road’ and parked on their parents’ drive, without her permission on August 31.

Miss Hayers said: “A caravan owner left his caravan at 6pm to go to see a friend. The caravan was in order. The defendant hit a parked car which shunted in the rear of his caravan, causing £1,000 damage.

“The second witness had been out and was getting out her car when she looked up and saw a car coming down the road. It looked out of contol. It hit the kerb a couple of times. She did not think it would make it as far as her. She was getting bags out the car when she saw it collide with a lamppost and strike her car. Her vehicle was hit with some force.

“She was able to grab her daughter. Fortunately there was no impact to the child. The woman suffered cuts to her arm, the back of her head and face. Her friend suffered an injury to her leg. Her car, worth £3,500, was a write-off.”

Darlington, of Flaxman Close, Barlaston, left the scene. He later pleaded guilty to three offences of aggravated vehicle taking, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and failing to stop after an accident.

Mike Kimberley, mitigating, said the defendant was aged 17 at the time of the incident. He said: “There was no suggestion he was speeding or under the influence of drink or drugs.

“He said at the time he was home alone. He was being bullied at work. A few days before he had received information his grandfather was terminally ill. He is very close to him. His sister was not residing at home. She left the car in the drive and it was off the road. He was very low. He wanted to get out the house. He should have walked the dog.

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“He can’t explain why he took his sister’s car, what he was going to do or where he was going to go. He got in the car. He could not hack it and he hit the kerb. Thankfully nobody was seriously injured.”

Mr Kimberley added the defendant has ‘manned up’ and is repaying his sister for the damage to her car.

As part of the community order Darlington must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 20 days and 200 hours unpaid work.

He was ordered to pay £185 costs and a £90 surcharge.





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