A SHOPLIFTER who tried to steal a bottle of wine from a town centre store was hit by a police car while trying to escape, Boston magistrates heard.
Arek Jurczak was left with a broken ankle after the car went across West Street towards him as he tired to run away from the Co-op at around 1pm on June 5.
The 24-year-old, of no fixed address, admitted theft from a shop when he appeared in court on Wednesday.
Marie Stace, prosecuting, said staff at the West Street store saw him go into the store, put a bottle of wine down the front of his trousers and walk out of the store without paying.
It was not the first time he had committed an offence like this, said Phillipa Chatterton, mitigating, adding that all incidents had occurred when he had been out of work and had fallen in with bad company who drank heavily.
Miss Chatterton told the bench: “Friends have taken him under their wings and they have agreed to house him and they are feeding him for free. His friends are helping him until he can literally get back on his feet.”
Jurczak was given one day’s detention in court as punishment.