A BOOZY teenage girl’s craving for music led to her crashing her father’s company car into a neighbour’s kitchen, causing more than £30,000-worth of damage.
When 17-year-old Macauley Hall came home drunk from a friend’s house, she wanted to listen to some music, to get her ready for a late-night party.
To avoid waking her parents, who were sleeping upstairs, she took the keys to her dad’s company-issue Volkswagen Passat and tried to turn on the car radio.
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But the teen, who could not drive and was nearly double the legal alcohol limit, managed to put the automatic vehicle into reverse and crash it into a neighbour’s garden wall.
Panicking, Hall then tried to drive the car back to its original position.
However, it accelerated and crashed into a neighbouring house, ending up in the kitchen.
Fortunately, the house was unoccupied at the time.
But the episode caused more than £30,000 of damage to the house, wall and car.
And, for her trouble, Hall suffered a broken wrist and shoulder. She got out of the car but collapsed a few feet away.
The incident happened at about midnight on Saturday, March 1, on Dean Terrace, Shotton Colliery, east Durham.
Hall, now 18 and based at a YMCA hostel on Toward Road, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to careless driving, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, drink driving and driving without a licence or insurance.
Martin Scarborough, mitigating at Durham Crown Court, said Hall had endured a difficult start in life but was getting help.
But Judge Christopher Prince said she had been out of control and a danger to herself and others.
Sentencing, he told the teenager: “You were extremely foolish. You could have hurt or killed yourself or other people.
“The time has come to address your own behaviour.”
Hall, who wept loudly in the dock during the hearing, was given a 12-month community order with supervision and alcohol treatment requirements and banned from driving for two years.
Judge Prince told her: “This is an opportunity. I suggest that you take it.”