Youth bought car stolen from Ruabon and crashed in chase

Published date: 19 March 2014 |
Published by: Rory Sheehan
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A TEENAGER rolled a £50 stolen car during a high speed police chase.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Wrexham Youth Court yesterday where he admitted dangerous driving and handling stolen goods.

Magistrates heard how a Peugeot 206 had been taken from a house in Ruabon and the theft was reported to police by the owner.

The youth had bought the car for £50 from a friend, who told him it belonged to his aunt and she was looking to sell it.

Later that night he took it for a drive around the Rhos area with some friends. At midnight on October 20 last year police, who had been attending another incident, recognised the vehicle as stolen.

Officers were parked at the Co-operative store on Stryt Las, Rhos, when they saw the car go past and followed in pursuit.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said: “The car was doing in excess of 20mph in a 20mph zone. It turned left into the High Street. Although there was little traffic around, the roads were wet and it is a residential area.

“The driver was showing no regard for the conditions. He mounted a kerb and went over a grass bank onto Heol Offa, then back towards Ruabon from the High Street junction, travelling in excess of 70mph in a 40mph zone.

“He kept pulling away from police, with the back end of the vehicle swaying, which was by now on the wrong side of the road.

“The vehicle then slipped onto its roof and rolled over several times. Three men then exited the car by which point the police caught up with them.”

The court also heard  the teenager only had a provisional licence, and had never driven on the road before.

Euros Jones, defending, said: “One mistake led to another.

“He is having a difficult time at home and his first mistake was the purchase of the car, he recognises he ought to have known better.

“He didn’t stop for police because he panicked and thought he’d take his chance. He admitted it was stupid and he couldn’t handle the bends in the roads.

“He is devastated he has put himself in a position where he could end up in custody.”

Magistrates gave the teenager a youth rehabilitation order with intense supervision for two months, and banned him from driving for a year.

He was also handed a three month curfew and was ordered to pay compensation of £300, costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.

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