Drunken teen took dad’s van

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A DRUNKEN teenager took his dad’s van without permission and crashed it into a wall before driving aimlessly into the night.

Luke Boyall, 19, formerly of North Marine Road and now of Bradford, admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance and driving otherwise in accordance with a licence.

He had pleaded guilty to a charge of drink driving at an earlier hearing, after a breath test showed him to be more than twice the legal limit after the incident.

Dawn Birkett, prosecuting, said that Boyall had taken the Vauxhall Combo van, which belonged to his father’s employer, from outside his North Marine Road home.

Boyall, who only had a provisional driving licence, then scraped the entire length of the offside of the van on a wall close to The Sands, causing £990 worth of damage.

He continued on his drunken journey and ended up in Loftus, Cleveland, where police found him at 4.05am on March 13.

Mrs Birkett said: “The defendant informed officers he had taken the van from his father’s address without permission.

“His eyes were glazed, his speech was slurred and his breath smelled strongly of alcohol.”

Boyall was arrested and breathalysed, giving a reading of 73 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Paul Watson, mitigating, said his client, who had no previous convictions, could not explain his bizarre behaviour.

“The incident is a little more complicated and strange than has been described,” he said.

“The vehicle was taken in Scarborough, then for some reason which no-one can explain, he drove to Loftus.

“He has no connection whatsoever with that area and was as surprised as anyone to find he was there.”

Mr Watson then explained that Boyall’s offending had only come to light after his concerned mother rang him and he told her what he had done.

“The police were notified,” he added. “He sat for about an hour waiting for them. When they arrived he walked and met them and said ‘I’m the person you’re looking for’.

“There is no logical explanation. Whether it was a cry for help he can’t say. He is sorry for what has taken place and has learned a lesson.”

The court heard that since the incident Boyall had moved from his father’s home in Scarborough to live with his mother in the Bradford area.

Magistrates handed Boyall a 12 month community order and ordered him to complete 200 hours of community service. He was disqualified from driving for 18 months and was also ordered to pay compensation of £990 and £85 costs, at a rate of £100 per month.