East Lancs teen who took car didn’t know how to drive

East Lancs teen who took car didn’t know how to drive

East Lancs teen who took car didn’t know how to drive

First published in East Lancashire

A TEENAGER who crashed a friend’s car later admitted his only experience of driving was watching his dad.

Blackburn magistrates heard Sean Martin Kelly got into the car to look for tobacco but decided to take it for a spin.

He crashed into a parked car as he tried to set off and reversed into a garage as he tried to turn round. Kelly, 19, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to taking a car without consent aggravated by damage caused, failing to stop after an accident and driving without insurance or a licence. He was bailed for a pre-sentence report.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said Matthew Moran had parked his car outside a friend’s house and gone to bed, leaving his keys on the bedside table. In the early hours he was woken by a loud crash and looked out to see his car, which had collided with a parked vehicle, being driven away.

Miss Allan said: “The defendant had sneaked into his bedroom and removed the keys. He later admitted he had never had a driving lesson and his only experience was watching his dad drive.”

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said when Kelly got in the car temptation got the better of him.

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