Drink driving teen caused power cut after smashing his dad's £11,000 Jag into electricity pole (From The Northern Echo)
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Drink driving teen caused power cut after smashing his dad's £11,000 Jag into electricity pole
5:03pm Friday 1st February 2013 in News
A drunk teenager caused a four-hour blackout after smashing his dad's £11,000 Jaguar into a electricity pole.
William Haswell was almost three times over the limit when he set off at 6.40am to get breakfast from a McDonald’s drive-through.
But the 19-year-old lost control of the car on the way and spun into an electricity pole on Hedworth Lane, yards from his home in Fawley Close, Boldon Colliery, South Tyneside.
The damage - which cost £1,500 to repair - left 39 homes without power for four hours on November 10 last year.
Haswell was arrested after a breath test showed he had 98mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35mg per 100ml of breath.
He pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without consent and causing an accident, drink driving and driving without insurance at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “The car belongs to his father who works in Spain for the majority of the year and he left the defendant strict instructions not to use it.
“He said he had been in Newcastle drinking until 3am and had been home for a couple of hours before getting in the car.
The court heard the car was not written off.
Laura Johnson, defending, said: “This was a very costly McDonald’s breakfast. He made a stupid decision to drive his father’s car after only a couple of hours of sleep following a night out."
Magistrates gave Haswell a 12-month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work and he was banned from driving for two years.
He was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.