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Darlington man at court for dangerous driving in stolen car
A DRYSTONE waller who was involved in a lengthy police chase after stealing a car and dangerously swerving past a patrol vehicle was spared jail on Friday (August 7).
Jamie Roy Marriott mounted the kerb when he undertook a parked police car in Gainford in County Durham on July 22.
A police chase followed, which saw the 23-year-old travel at high speed and veer onto the wrong side of the carriageway in his attempt to flee the scene in a stolen Renault Clio with false number plates.
Louise Harrison, prosecuting at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court, said Marriott eventually abandoned the vehicle near Hutton Magna and was discovered hiding in a cornfield with a small quantity of cannabis.
Marriott, of Stooperdale Avenue, Darlington, pleaded guilty to theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a class B drug, failing to stop for a police officer, driving without a licence, driving without insurance, dangerous driving, failing to surrender to court bail and committing an offence while subject to a conditional discharge.
He also admitted two thefts from motor vehicles in Ingleton, near Staindrop, on July 7 and 18 and asked magistrates to take a further four further thefts into consideration.
Ben Pegman, mitigating, said Marriott had turned to crime after splitting up with his girlfriend and losing his home.
“There is hope for Jamie Marriott and that is his trade,” he said. “He is in a better position than a great number of people of his age because he has that behind him and he is very well regarded as a drystone waller in the Teesdale area.”
Marriott was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work and was disqualified from driving for 20 months.
His licence was also endorsed.