Dangerous driver and thief sentenced

AN EAST Ayton man has been sentenced after he admitted driving dangerously and stealing a car stereo.

Joseph Lythe, 21, of Lonsdale Place, was estimated to be driving at between 50 and 60 miles per hour in Main Street, Staxton on July 20. The speed limit is 30 miles per hour.

An off duty police officer saw him collide with an oncoming vehicle before sliding along a footpath and hitting a cottage wall.

Scarborough Magistrates’ Court also heard that Lythe stole a stereo, worth £109, from a car parked in a layby on the A170 at Beadlam on March 26.

He told police he believed the vehicle had been abandoned.

Nick Tubbs, mitigating, said: “In my submission these matters suggest a lack of consequential thinking.”

Tony Green, the chairman of the bench, said that Lythe, whose last offence was burglary in May 2010, had escaped jail by the skin of his teeth.

He was given a community order with 12 months supervision and 300 hours unpaid work. He was banned from driving for 18 months and will pay £130 costs.