A Stoke-on-Trent man who stole a car and crashed it onto its roof before fleeing, has been jailed for 16 weeks by magistrates.
Andrew Proctor, 23, of Chell Heath Road, was sentenced after pleading guilty at North Staffordshire Magistrates.
The offences occurred in the early hours of New Year’s Day, 2012. He crashed the car around 1.20am on High Lane Road in Burslem, magistrates were told.
PC Edwards, on duty nearby at the time, said he heard a loud bang and a crash and found the car on its roof in the road.
Procter had left the vehicle and ran from the scene, but he was later arrested on a nearby playing field. He claimed that police had “got the wrong lad.”
One wall and a street lamp were damaged, and a second wall was demolished during the crash.
In defence, Mr Procter had separated from his girlfriend and had taken the car in an attempt to find her. He was emotional and had been drinking, and crashed as he lost control.
Procter was nearly twice over the limit when he was arrested.
He was charged for driving under the influence, taking the vehicle without the owner’s consent, driving without insurance and with a disqualified licence. He pleaded guilty to all of the charges.
Procter has also been banned from driving for three years.