Grantham teen’s ‘crazy behaviour’ cost licence

A teenager will have to re-take both the theory and practical parts of his driving test after crashing his car in Lidl car park.

Jakob Doran of Gloucester Road in Grantham admitted failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and driving without due care and attention.

The court heard how Doran was seen driving a Peugeot 106 in circles in Lidl car park in Union Street, pulling hand-brake turns. He then clipped a kerb and lost control of the car before colliding with a parked Ford Ka, whose driver was sat inside.

Doran then drove away from the scene but was followed by a witness who spoke to him a short time later when he pulled over. The witness told Doran he should return to the car park to apologise.

Kate Hartley, prosecuting, said Doran and another male initially agreed before running away from the witness.

The parked car suffered various scrapes and scratches as well as a bent exhaust.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, told the court Doran, 18, is studying for a chemical engineering degree at Nottingham University.

Mr Pye-Smith added: “He accepts his driving in the car park was foolish. He can only now accept the consequences of his actions, whatever they are going to be.”

Mr Pye-Smith put Doran’s actions following the crash down to “panic and being somewhat shocked”.

Doran was fined £110 and ordered to pay costs of £43 and a £15 surcharge.

He also received eight points on his licence. As he only passed his test a little over a year ago, this means he has lost his licence.

Chair of magistrates Ian McDonnell said: “You will have to take a theory and practical test again. You only have yourself to blame for that situation.

“You are at university so you are an intelligent lad but this is crazy behaviour and it has cost you, big time.”