Teen crashed car and ran from scene

A TEENAGER who crashed his friend’s car while over the drink drive limit has narrowly escaped an immediate prison sentence.

David Hurd, who took the Vauxhall Astra without permission and while he was banned from the road, then ran away from the scene.

Eastbourne magistrates heard the 19-year-old crashed the car into two other vehicles in the early hours of the morning and also hit a wall and lamppost.

After police found the defendant and a friend they found out Hurd had been disqualified in January this year.

A reading showed he had 43mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Magistrates heard that Hurd, of Tintern Close, had gone to the friend’s house and taken the car keys on the proviso he was getting his own house keys from there and was not given permission to drive it.

The court was told the teenager had drunk 10 pints of lager throughout the course of the day and then gone out later and drank more.

He pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving with excess alcohol, no insurance and driving while disqualified.

Christos Christou, defending, said, “He fully admitted these matters in interview.

“Mr Hurd is concerned for what is going to happen today and extremely remorseful for what has happened.

“He is aware that all options are open but my suggestion is this matter can be dealt with by way of a suspended sentence order.

“He doesn’t recall a great deal about the offence and accepted he had been out that evening and drinking too the excess.

“He is very lucky no-one was injured. I think the serious nature of these offences has sunk in.

“Alcohol in this case is a problem, you’ll see he is a member of a darts team and drinks four times a week, he’s doing that and goes out at the weekend.

“He’s never been to alcohol counselling before. I would assume it may well have a lot to do with his father’s health. His father lost his leg about 18 months ago.

“It’s Mr Hurd looking after his father at home and he is his main carer.”

For aggravated vehicle taking, drink driving and driving while disqualified Hurd received a 12 week prison sentence for each offence to run concurrently, suspended for one year.

He was also banned from the road for 16 months and must take a re-test, attend Action For Change and was given a eight month curfew which means he must stay indoors between 8pm and 6am.

He was also given a supervision requirement and must pay £250 compensation for the garden wall that was damaged and £85 court costs.