A TEENAGER with no driving licence took a car without permission and crashed into a police officer who was driving to work.

Flintshire Magistrates’ Court at Mold heard that 18-year-old Chloe Burgess admitted the aggravated taking of a Corsa car on August 28 last year and damaging the vehicle when she had no driving licence or insurance.

Prosecutor Justin Espie said just after 8am a detective constable was driving to work on the B5112 near Caerwys where he had the right of way, when Burgess collided with his car.

Two passengers in Burgess’ car were “very aggressive” towards the victim of the crash, said Mr Espie.

The detective called other officers to the scene and it was discovered that Burgess had no licence and insurance but claimed she was driving the car with the owner’s approval.

Mr Espie said that was not true and that the Corsa belonged to Duncan Jones, a friend of Ms Burgess’ boyfriend, who had left it on a drive and had not given her permission to take it.

The court heard that Burgess was upset and distraught about the accident and that there may have been a misunderstanding with the car’s owner when she took the car to go the shops.

But she accepted she did not have his permission.

Burgess, unemployed, of Strand Park, Holywell, had become upset after a telephone argument with her father and had wanted to go and buy some cigarettes.

She was ordered to complete 180 hours unpaid work during a 12 month community order, was disqualified from driving for 12 months, and was fined £160 with £170 costs.