TWO men have appeared in court in connection with the theft of a car.
The pair were brought before magistrates in Sunderland after a Peugeot 308 was stolen and crashed in Washington on June 7.
Ryan Howard, 22, of Dusntanburgh Close, Washington, pleaded not guilty to being carried in a stolen vehicle which was then damaged.
Anthony Rodgers, 27, of Coquet Avenue, South Shields, withheld his pleas to charges of aggravated vehicle taking, drink driving, using a vehicle without insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
Both were released on bail and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on August 13.