Teen was in stepdad's car when it hit a wall in Rhostyllen

Published date: 24 April 2014 |
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A YOUTH has admitted his part in an incident in which a car hit a wall in Rhostyllen.

The 17-year-old from the Wrexham area, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Wrexham’s Youth Court on a charge of aggravated vehicle taking and property damage.

The court heard the Vauxhall Vectra, which came off the Wrexham Road and damaged the front garden wall of a residential property late on March 28, belonged to his stepfather.

Although he did not drive the vehicle, the youth took the keys.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said the youngster had returned from a night out in the Oswestry area, ill with alcohol consumption, when his friend pestered him to take the car for a drive along the back roads in Ruabon.

Mr Ellis said: “They were on their way back to return the car when the driver lost control of the vehicle.

“A member of the public saw the Vectra spin in the road before it collided with a wall, causing damage to both the car and the wall. They fled the scene, but returned as the driver had left his phone in the car. The police arrived at the same time, and while the driver fled again, the defendant stayed behind.”

The defendant later admitted to police he was lucky to walk away as it could have been more serious. The court heard the vehicle was likely to be written off, and no figure was available yet for the damage done to the wall which is owned by the council.

Defending, Bethan Jones said: “He accepts he was one of two people involved but not the driver. While intoxicated, he allowed himself to be influenced by the other party involved, but was fully co-operative with the police.”

Addressing the youngster, magistrate Roland Humphreys said: “Think about the stupidity and the drinking you’ve been involved in. However, your life can go upwards and onwards.”

The teenager was given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order, and a curfew from 7pm to 7am for three months.

He was ordered to pay £550 compensation to his stepfather, and £100 to Wrexham Council for the damage to the wall.

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