Drunk took girlfriend’s car and crashed it twice

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A DRUNK driver who took the keys of his former girlfriend’s car and crashed it twice has been locked up for eight months.

Keiran Steward hit a garden wall, barrier and wooden bench in the first crash, and a central reservation barrier in the second, Durham Crown Court heard.

“The garden wall and other street furniture was in the village of Shincliffe, outside Durham City,” said Adrian Dent, prosecuting.

“A member of the public reported the crash, and a police patrol spotted Steward driving the damaged Vauxhall car in Hallgarth Street.

“They illuminated their blue lights and pursued Steward through the centre of Durham City and up Framwellgate Peth towards County Hall.

“Just under the railway viaduct he crashed again, this time into the central reservation.”

Steward was found to be more than three times the legal limit for driving.

The 20-year-old. of Durham Road, Bowburn, admitted aggravated vehicle taking and driving with excess alcohol on January 23, this year. He was of previous good character.

Lewis Kerr, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Steward describes his actions as utterly stupid, and he is at a loss to explain why he drove that night.

“He knows his behaviour is unpredictable when in drink and he has not taken any alcohol since this happened.”

Steward was given eight months in a young offenders’ institution and banned from driving for 12 months.