An army private who took a friend’s car without consent and later crashed it during a pursuit has been ordered to do 150 hours’ unpaid work.
Connor Spence, 19, of Rochford Crescent, in Boston, appeared before the town’s magistrates’ court on Wednesday, when he pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving, driving without a licence and without insurance.
Prosecutor Marie Stace told the court how an officer in an unmarked car on Eastwood Road had been waiting at a set of traffic lights when her attention was drawn to the headlights of a Vauxhall Astra as it pulled into the opposing lane, drove past her and through the red lights.
She then described a pursuit which included the vehicle speeding, driving erratically down Boston roads and lanes, clipping verges and narrowly missing other cars.
The pursuit ended when the car collided with a sign and hedgerow.
Two people, including Spence who admitted being the driver, were found and arrested after leaving the vehicle - and the vehicle’s owner later reported his car missing.
Spence admitted what he had done when interviewed by police. He also called the car’s owner and admitted the crash.
Defending, Mike Alexander told the court his client had been at a social function with the friend who he had known for two years, but could not give an explanation for his actions.
He told the court how Spence had no previous convictions and had enlisted in the army at the age of 16. Spence had been up for promotion but Mr Alexander said that would now be ‘delayed’.
He said: “This is a young man who, apart from this incident, is a perfectly normal, nice and brave individual.”
Magistrates gave Spence the unpaid hours as part of a 12 month community order, they also disqualified him from driving for 12 months and ordered him to pay £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.