Drunken Chesterfield man drove a stolen car into a wall

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A booze-fuelled pub-goer tried to steal a car from a works compound to get home.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Martin Betts, 24, of Wharf Lane, Chesterfield, got into the compound at DW Coaches, at Clay Cross, and took a works’ pool car before smashing it into a wall.

Prosecuting solicitor Sarah Haslam said: “The defendant went into the compound and spotted a pool car which was used by people who worked at the site. He saw the key in the ignition and drove it and tried to smash his way out of the compound by driving it into a stone wall. He then fled the scene.”

Ms Haslam told the court during a hearing last month how the tyres of the car had melted because they had been left turning for some time during the incident.

Betts was found down the road, according to Ms Haslam, and he was drunk. He told police he had been to a pub but could not recall exactly where.

Ms Haslam added: “Betts initially denied the offence, but when he was challenged he accepted he had been in the compound to get a car to get home but he had not been able to get out of the compound.”

Betts pleaded guilty to taking the vehicle and causing damage after the incident in November, last year. Defence solicitor Felicity Clarke requested the probation service prepare a report before sentencing on March 25.

Betts received a one-year community order with 80 hours’ unpaid work. He must pay £350 compensation, a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He was banned from driving for 12 months.