A Lynn man has been handed a suspended prison sentence for offences including taking his own mother’s car.
Thomas Barclay, 19, of Tuesday Market Place, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday.
He had previously pleaded guilty to two offences of aggravated vehicle taking, one of dangerous driving, two of driving with no insurance, two of driving not in accordance with his licence and one of theft.
Imposing six months’ custody in a Young Offenders’ Institution, suspended for 18 months, Recorder David Pugh warned him that any breach of that order would almost certainly result in the sentence being activated immediately.
Prosecuting, Michael Crimp said that on October 4 Barclay had an argument with his parents over money for a rail fare and driven off from their home in Suffolk in his mother’s Vauxhall Corsa car, using it to push his father out of the way as he attempted to block the path of the vehicle.
Mr Crimp said police were alerted and a short time later an officer spotted the Corsa being driven through Barking, near Needham Market, in a “careful and sensible” manner.
When the Corsa came to a halt at a road junction the officer attempted to speak to Barclay who initially turned off the engine but then started it again and, after making an obscene gesture, sped away.
Mr Crimp said police gave chase and, in Stowmarket, deployed a stinger device which caused one of the Corsa’s tyres to deflate.
But after colliding with another car, Barclay managed to drive for a further three and a half miles at speeds of up to 70mph before officers forced him to a halt on a grass verge.
It later emerged that Barclay was at the time on bail after taking his father’s car without permission.
The court also heard that on October 24, Barclay, who had been drinking, found himself stranded in Suffolk and was offered overnight accomodation at the home of a friend who left her car parked outside the property.
Mr Crimp said that the next morning the woman found that her car’s wing mirror had been damaged and the vehicle was now parked in a different place.
Fingerprints found on the car implicated Barclay, who had been the only other person with access to the key and who had driven it during the night.
Mitigating, Jude Durr said Barclay had expressed genuine remorse and required help to address his problems. Despite what had happened, his parents were still supporting him, said Mr Durr.
Sentencing Barclay, Mr Recorder Pugh ordered him to complete 80 hours of unpaid work, remain under Probation Service supervision for 18 months and banned him from driving for 12 months.
In addition, Barclay will have to participate in the ‘Thinking Skills’ programme and a course designed to address alcohol use.