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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Drunken man took car and crashed into trailer in Barrow

A DRUNKEN man took a car and crashed it into an advertising trailer in Barrow before getting a taxi back into town.

Daniel Thomas Tyson had drank six bottles of Desperados and a pint of lager when he spoke to Lee Storey in Broadway nightclub, Barrow, on January 11.

He asked Mr Storey for the keys to his Volkswagen Polo simply to put his jacket inside. But Mr John Appleby, prosecuting, told Furness Magistrates’ Court how the 21-year-old then drove the car and crashed it into a trailer with a sign advertising Premier Tiles on land adjacent to Park Road and Dalton bypass. The trailer was “completely written off”.

He had no full driving licence or insurance and was over the drink-drive limit – with 88 milligrammes of alcohol in 100ml of blood, when the limit is 80 milligrammes.

After the crash, Tyson got a taxi back into town and met Mr Storey in another club in Lawson Street, telling him: “I’ve gone into a ditch, I’ll pay for everything.”

Mr Appleby said Mr Storey was irate but walked away sensibly and told the police. Tyson later got a taxi home to Moor Road, Marton, but disappeared without paying the £20 fare. Police arrested him at home in the morning.

Tyson admitted making off without paying, aggravated vehicle taking, drink-driving, driving without insurance and a licence. Mr Andrew Gallagher, defending, said Tyson still lives with his parents, but is shortly moving into the caravan park where he works.

Mr Gallagher said: “He has no previous convictions until this rather stupid act which he fully admits. He doesn’t seek to excuse his behaviour at all and indeed made those admissions in interview.

“When the police roused him in the morning, they reported he started to cry and said ‘I’m sorry’.”

Tyson was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 200 hours unpaid work. He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and his provisional licence was endorsed with the offences. He must pay £1,492 compensation to Premier Tiles, £20 for the taxi, a £100 fine, £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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