Grantham court: Driver took hire car without consent

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A driver ran away from police when they tried to stop him after he took a car without consent.

Daniel Andrew Jackman, 26, of Station Street, Rippingale, admitted taking a car without consent on February 15, driving without insurance and failing to stop when required by police.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare told the court that police tried to stop Jackman in Hazelwood Drive, Gonerby Hill Foot, and when he got out of the car he ran off. They spoke to the man who had hired the car and he said Jackman had been round to his house but hadn’t realised he had taken the car when he left.

Mr Clare said that Jackman fully admitted to police he had taken the car keys without his friend’s permission and had panicked when police stopped him and he had run away.

Rory Macmillan, defending, said Jackman had been out with friends that night and had gone back to his friend’s house where he often borrowed a car from him. This time he took a hire car and he was not authorised to use it. After running from the police, he later attended the police station voluntarily.

Mr Macmillan said his client was “very sorry for getting himself into this situation”. He said Jackman had a four-year-old child with his partner and had lost his job in February. He was hoping to move to Cork in Ireland where his partner has a job lined up as a hairdresser.

Magistrates endorsed Jackman’s licence with six points for having no insurance. With seven points already on his licence, magistrates banned him from driving for six months. He was also fined £110 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20. There was no separate penalty for the other offences.