A NISSAN worker almost killed himself and a pal in a car wreck after he got bored during the factory summer shut down.
Ellis Ganley, 20, and his 16-year-old mate took a set of car keys after creeping into a house in Sunderland last August while the owners were asleep.
Within moments of the pair getting inside the homeowner’s Nissan Micra, which had been parked outside, Ganley had lost control of the vehicle.
When emergency services arrived at the scene the car was written off, lying on its roof, and both of of them were severely hurt with multiple injuries.
It was another three months before the teenager got out of hospital and the pair could be interviewed by the police.
Ganley, of Ambrose Road, Farringdon, Sunderland, admitted burglary and aggravated vehicle taking.
The youth, who cannot be named, admitted the same charges.
Gavin Doig, defending Ganley, told the court: “It was factory fortnight and he couldn’t think of anything constructive to do with his time.
“There is no excuse. He is not trying to pass the blame on.”
Mr Doig said Ganley is still working at Nissan and has not been in any more trouble during his 18 months of employment with the firm.
Alec Burns, defending, said the youth is hoping to take up an apprentiship with a view to getting a job.
Judge John Evans sentenced Ganley to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision, 200 hours’ unpaid work and £600 costs.
The youth was sentenced to a 18-month rehabilitation order with a three-month night time curfew.