Driver ‘lucky to be alive’ after drug-fuelled crash

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A man who took drugs, stole a car and drove it into the wall of a Grade II-listed building in Manthorpe was told he is “lucky to be alive”.

Lewis Bremner, 25, of College Street in Grantham, was at a party when he grabbed some car keys and took a MG ZR car without the owner’s consent.

He was driving through High Road in Manthorpe when he lost control, crashed into the wall and flipped the car on its roof.

Bricks and debris from the wall also damaged a car parked on the drive of the listed building.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, told the court Bremner only had a small amount of alcohol in his system but ecstacy and mephedrone, otherwise known as “meow meow”, were also found after tests were carried out.

Mr Clare said: “He admitted taking the MG ZR without the owner’s consent and also accepted he had been both drinking and taking some drugs.”

Mr Clare said the rebuilding of the wall would cost several thousand pounds.

Bill Fraser, defending, said Bremner took the drugs to make him feel better following a bereavement in the family - but it did not work.

Mr Fraser said: “It made him very depressed.

“He says he is not going to use those sorts of drugs any more.”

Bremner admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and driving while unfit through drugs.

He was disqualified from driving for a year and ordered to carry out 120 hours’ unpaid work.

He must also pay £250 in compensation and £85 in costs.

Chair of magistrates George Hoyles said: “The only thing you are lucky in is that you are alive.

“The damage you have done is astronomical - both to the wall, the car and the original MG ZR car.”