Joyrider, 17, who left £40,000 car in a ditch near Exeter is locked up
A DRUNKEN teenage joyrider who left a £40,000 car in a ditch has been locked up.
The boy aged 17 and a 16-year-old friend took the Land Rover Discovery after stealing the car keys in a burglary, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
The older boy, who does not even have a licence, drove the car while over the alcohol limit before it was found in ditch – with damage of £4,000.
Plymouth Crown Court heard the pair went on a spree of drunken offending a day after they were released from custody.
They also took a second high-value vehicle, a BMW X5.
Judge Graham Cottle handed the 17-year-old an 18-month detention and training order, which includes a nine-month custodial term.
He said: "No sooner had you been released you committed further serious offences.
"There is no alternative to an immediate custodial sentence."
The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted burglary of a home at Ugborough in the South Hams on May 3.
He pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, where he took the Land Rover without consent and it was damaged on the same day.
The youth admitted theft of a satellite navigation system, car keys, cash and other valuables from another vehicle in the same village.
He pleaded guilty to the aggravated vehicle taking, relating to a BMW X5 taken from the Ugborough area.
The youth admitted burgling a shed in Ugborough and asked for an offence of drink-driving to be taken into consideration.
David Gittins, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the youths broke into a car in the South Hams and found the car keys to a second vehicle, the BMW.
He added the pair then took the X5 and drove it about nine miles.
Mr Gittins said the teenagers then burgled a second home in Ugborough and took the keys to thefamily's Land Rover, a mobile phone and two bottles of whisky.
The court heard the family and children were asleep upstairs at the time.
He added: "The Land Rover was taken and driven some way, to Rewe near Exeter, where it was found in a ditch.
"The defendants tried to get someone to pull it out of the ditch.
"Police found fingerprints belonging to them and empty bottles of whisky."
The court heard the 16-year-old had already been given 12 months in a Young Offender Institution.
Sally Daulton, for the youth, said: "He accepts his almost inevitable fate.
"It is clear both of them went on a drink and drugs spree celebrating their release from prison."