A 21-year-old man was described as having been ‘led a bit astray’ after he agreed to meet up with an old
school friend in the middle of the night and go for a drive in a car belonging to his friend’s father, which
had been taken without permission.
David Baxter of Craven Avenue, Kirton, admitted taking the vehicle without the owner’s consent and to
driving it without insurance and without the correct driving licence, when he appeared at Boston
Prosecuting, Nick Todd said Baxter had been a friend for 13 years since school with Kirk Scudder, who
lived in the same road as him.
He said that shortly after midnight on May 1, he received a message on Facebook from Scudder to ask if
he wanted to go for a drive and when he said OK, Scudder came and picked him up in his father’s Nissan
Micra car, which he had taken without permission.
Mr Todd said that after a while, Scudder said he did not want to drive anymore and Baxter, who now
knew his friend had not had permission to take the car, drove the car, even though he was only a
provisional licence holder and had no insurance.
He said the police stopped him in Sleaford Road at about 1am and Scudder admitted he had taken the car
Philippa Chatterton, in mitigation, said it was Baxter’s first experience of court and he had not been
involved at all in the taking of the car.
She said he had been picked up and had thought at first that he would be a passenger but at some stage he
did know it was his friend’s father’s car and he foolishly took over the driving when his friend wouldn’t
drive any further.
She said he had now broken contact with him.
The magistrates told Baxter they would not disqualify him from driving as he had been ‘got led a bit
astray’ but fined him £190 and ordered him to pay £115 in costs and charges and put six points on his
His co-accused, Kirk Scudder, failed to appear and magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest.