Drink-driver stole and crashed his own brother’s car

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A MAN man left a trail of destruction after stealing his brother’s car and smashing it into a parked vehicle.

John William Clint took the white Vauxhall Vectra and crashed it into a Renault Clio on Ryton Crescent, Deneside, Seaham.

The force of the collision caused the Clio into the wall of its owner’s home at about 11pm on Sunday, July 6.

Vickie Wilson, prosecuting, told Peterlee magistrates that a test showed 99 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

The Clio, estimated to be worth £1,500, was written off.

Clint, 24, of Malvern Crescent, Deneside, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving without a licence, driving while over the drink limit and driving without insurance.

District judge Kristina Harrison said: “This was a very serious offence. You were highly intoxicated and you took this car and crashed it into another motor vehicle. You could have killed yourself and other people.”

He was sentenced to a 12-month community order with supervision, with 10 sessions of an alcohol-related programme, 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £450 compensation to the Clio’s owner.