A TEENAGER has been banned from driving after crashing into two cars while drunk.
Robert Davidson only held a provisional driving licence when he took the keys to his mum’s Nissan Micra and sped off in it without permission.
He careered into a parked Vauxhall Van and a Porsche Carrera before running away from the scene of the smash at Scholes Moor Road in Holmfirth.
Huddersfield magistrates yesterday banned the 18-year-old from driving.
The bench was told that student Lloyd had been drinking before he took the car at just after 2am on December 28. He stormed out of his home on Abbey Court following an argument with his father, picking up the keys to the car belonging to his mum who was out at work.
Carole Lawford, prosecuting, said: “About a mile away from the house he crashed the vehicle into two parked cars which belonged to occupants of the same house.
“The people in the house heard a loud bang and looked out to see the defendant making off.
“The vehicle was left there with the keys in the ignition, the engine running and the air bags deployed.”
Magistrates were told that police traced the car’s registration number to Davidson’s address.
When they arrived they could smell alcohol on his breath and arrested him.
Further tests revealed him to have 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.
In interview Davidson, who works in a bar, admitted being drunk and said he crashed when he was adjusting the car stereo and took his eyes off the road. He left the scene because he was scared.
Magistrates were told that the insurance on Mrs Davidson’s car had paid for the damage to the other cars, but that she had lost her excess cover as a result.
Sonia Kidd, defending, said the teenager had never been in trouble before and had found the experience of coming before the court ‘traumatic’.
The bench banned Davidson from driving for 22 months. They also gave him a community order for 12 months including 200 hours of unpaid work.
Finally, they ordered him to pay £250 compensation to his mum and £85 court costs.